Highland Park grad lives global basketball dream

2005 Highland Park H.S. graduate Theron Wilson returns home to prepare for his next journey in basketball.

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Theron’s Wilson game has gone global. The Highland Park H.S. standout has a pro basketball career that’s spanned to Ukraine, Finland and Australia.

“It makes me feel good, it makes me proud, it makes me happy,” Theron’s mother Anita Edwards said. “Whatever he desires I’m on his side.”

Wilson, who graduated from Highland Park in 2005, was all-state in three sports. He earned all-state goalkeeper honors in soccer, a Class 5A state championship in the high jump where he eclipsed 6-feet, 5-inches at the KSHSAA Track and Field state meet in Wichita, and he helped the Scots capture a state crown on the hardwood in 2004.

“I grew up and never really was saying that I wanted to play in the NBA so it kind of fell into my lap of being able to play overseas and still get the opportunity to do what I love,” Wilson said. “I love playing basketball, I love being out here on the hardwood just as much as any kid loves being outside. So, it’s definitely an opportunity to reap the benefits that come with that as in traveling and seeing the world.”

He finished second in the city in scoring as a senior at 17 points per game. Wilson received several offers to play in college and he settled on Seward County Community College in Liberal. As a sophomore, Wilson led the region in scoring (19.4 ppg) and rebounding (10.8 rpg) in 2006-07.

Wilson decided to further his college career at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. During his senior season, Wilson was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference first team and all-league defensive squad. The Topeka native was the team’s leading scorer (14.0 ppg) and rebounder (7.3) for the Braves.

Now, Wilson is giving back to those in the community and is in the works of opening up a sports facility for youth players.

“I’m a believer,” Edwards said. “Like I’ve always told him. You need to come back, you need to teach the kids, you need to help the kids, you need to help out any way you can. This is home, this is where you were raised. Everybody knows you especially now.”

Wilson’s godfather, Louis Keeling, echoed the sentiment and is proud to see his involvement within the Topeka area.

“They’ll say this is Theron Wilson he did this, I played with him, he accomplished this and that as he grew up but he can come back and sit and talk,” Keeling said. “He can also give advice that he was once in their shoes.”

The goal for Wilson is to help develop young athletes develop skills not just for basketball, but for sports such as soccer and volleyball.

“I tell any kid to play multiple sports, it’s good for you,” Wilson said. “It’s all hand-eye coordination and it all blends in to each sport.”

His inspiration is not difficult to spot.

“My son has sent me through the fun of everything underneath the sun,” Edwards said. “Daddy never did know him but instead of having daddy he had two strong-headed women. My mother (Ethel Edwards) and me.”

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