Lifelong Bulldog, Clay Wilson, attended Lincoln from first grade and graduated in 2011. Upon graduation, he moved to New Jersey to attend and play basketball at Princeton University where he remained for the entirety of his collegiate career. During his four years, Clay played Division One college basketball, totaling 74 collegiate victories. He was named senior captain, was the winner of the 2015 Bob Rock 6th Man of the Year Award, and named Most Efficient Player in the Ivy League during his senior year. In the summer of 2012 he had the opportunity to play basketball in Spain with Princeton’s team. He was later chosen in the summer of 2014, as the sole Princeton representative to travel with Global Sports Academy and play basketball in Belgium, Holland, and Great Britain.
During his time at Princeton University, Clay had the opportunity to be selected as a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader to serve as a role model supporting the mental and emotional well being of student athletes. He was also chosen as a Crew Manager for Princeton University Reunions where he organized the logistics and led a crew of 20 people to ensure the success of the event. Clay, along with another teammate, helped to organize a basketball team bible study. Clay was also a part of Princeton Faith in Action and Athletes in Action.
Clay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2015. He wrote a 144-page paper that focuses on analyses and assessment of stress and anxiety between student athletes and non-athletes where sleep deprivation occurs. He later wrote his Senior Thesis entitled Perceptions and Effectiveness of Collegiate Coaches’ Leadership Styles. Clay’s favorite class at Princeton was ‘Business Leadership’. This course was taught by Denny Strigl, former President and COO of Verizon Wireless, and it provided Clay an opportunity to meet and interview NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
After graduation, Clay Wilson hired an agent, attended a basketball combine in Las Vegas, and then was hired by a professional basketball team in Bochum, Germany. Clay started and averaged 14 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds per game as a rookie. He is currently back in Oklahoma for the summer giving lessons to the local youth before he heads back to Germany in August for his second professional season. After Clay’s playing career is over, he would like to begin coaching basketball at the collegiate level. No matter where his jobs take him, he will always be grateful for the impact LCS had on him. He sates, “The staff at Lincoln are godly leaders and role models that were great examples to follow. I will always be a bulldog.”