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Prep Athlete of the Week: Luke Wilson

Prep Athlete of the Week: Luke Wilson

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Luke Wilson achieved his goal of becoming a starter on the varsity basketball team at Springfield High School as a freshman.

The 15-year-old carries himself and makes plays in a way older than what his age would tell, including a key block and buzzer beating shot to finish last week's game against Thurston.

"I've never experienced that before, it was awesome," Wilson said. "Probably one of the best feelings of my life I mean just having all those people there and hitting that buzzer beater, I mean it was great, but I couldn't have done it without my team."

There's no question about Wilson's athletic ability on the court, but it's everything else about him off the court that is inspiring.

Wilson's grandfather became paralyzed when Luke was three and recently passed away after his fight with MS. His grandfather's memory helps motivate Wilson's play.

"Seeing what he's gone through and how hard he's worked in his life, and seeing that - seeing how he was paralyzed and always trying to come to our games and stuff like that, that was another big inspiration," Wilson said. "Every night I go on the court I'm always thinking about him, thinking about how I wish he could be there and how he wishes he could be there, but I know he's up there looking down and watching over me, so it's all good."