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Wilson signs with Seawolves men’s basketball squad

Author: Scott Briggs

Posted on May 26, 2023

Category: Basketball , Varsity Sports , ACAA , Alumni

Ewan Wilson has officially signed with the UNB Saint John Seawolves men’s basketball team for the 2023-24 varsity season.

Wilson will be graduating from Horton High School in Greenwich, N.S., where he’s leaving a legacy of academic and athletic excellence. A four-year honour-roll student, Wilson was the starting point guard for a Horton squad that finished fourth in provincials this year after helping the team win bronze last year. He also played football for Horton, serving as captain and winning the coaches award for leadership.

But basketball is the sport he chose to pursue after high school. His hoops journey began at the age of six in his hometown of Oakville Ontario, where he honed his skills playing for the Halton Basketball Club.

“Ever since I started playing basketball I’ve been in love with the game,” Wilson said. “My older brother played and our dad before us. I’ve always enjoyed being a part of a team and having successes with friends that I’ve made along the way. I love how passionate the game of basketball is and I’ve never hesitated to put my effort and emotion into the game.”

Wilson’s hustle on the hardwood caught the eye of UNB Saint John head coach Paul Vaughan during the 2022 DNA Swag Hoop Classic in Moncton.

“Ewan’s ability to shoot from three-point range made a strong first impression,” the bench boss said. “The more we watched Ewan play, however, it was his court vision, his leadership qualities and his ability to control the tempo of the game from the point guard position that really stood out.

“Ewan comes from a basketball family that has a genuine love for the game and from a basketball program at Horton High School that has a long tradition of winning. I think those qualities, plus his ability to lead, will have an immediate, positive impact on the program’s culture.”

Wilson didn’t wait for college coaches to come to him. He contacted AUS and ACAA coaches and became intrigued when UNB Saint John responded.

“I drove up and visited the school, and the campus and athletic facilities were very nice,” he said. “I enjoyed the environment and UNB Saint John offered the degree that I wanted to take. The school had everything I wanted, and it was the best fit for me.”

Wilson will study business administration in the hopes of eventually running his own business. When he’s not in class, he’ll be focused on helping the Seawolves rebound from a tough season.

“My goals are to continue to improve and develop my skills,” Wilson said. “I’d like to make an impact on the court and learn as much as possible from my coaches and teammates. I’d like to help build a winning culture and help the team be as successful as possible.”

That mature mindset stems from his parents, whom Wilson considers his biggest role models.

“My dad introduced me to basketball and is the reason I started playing. He has been my coach ever since I picked up a ball and has been there every step of the way in my basketball journey. He played at the CCAA level as well as briefly in Europe, and I aspire to have a successful collegiate career as he did.

“My mother has also been there to support me throughout the years. She taught me how to be a good person and the importance of my education. She is the hardest worker I know, and I aspire to achieve her work ethic on the court, in the classroom and in my career after basketball.”

Welcome to the Seawolves Family, Ewan!