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Faces Off the Field: Mark Wilson, senior guard, Reagan

What was the best part of your season?

Beating LBJ at the Delco Center (54-38 on Jan. 24) for the first time for my school in almost a decade.

How fun is it to have a long-running rivalry with LBJ?

To have such a long rivalry with LBJ-Reagan is exciting because this has been a game for keeps for many years. It’s something that the whole community takes part in. Everyone is excited to see the two teams compete, and it shows who’s the better team in the city.

What do you recall about the first time you played organized basketball?

The first time I played organized basketball if I remember would be second grade and my coach was the P.E. teacher. He started a team called The Capitol City Ballers, and we used to beat every team in Austin. One thing that stuck with me was that we were like family. They used to pick me up to go to practice. And any time I needed help with something, they were always there for me.

What’s the hardest thing for you to do in basketball?

I would have to say that the hardest thing for me to do with a basketball is dunk it. Yes, I can still dunk just barely, but everybody else on my team is jumping out of the gym.

What do you do for fun when you’re not playing basketball?

When I’m not playing basketball, I’m either in the gym working out or spending time with my girlfriend.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and (Mahatma) Ghandi.

Why MLK?

I picked Martin Luther King because he played a big role in the civil rights movement. He made changes and wanted peace throughout our nation.

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.

Most people don’t know that my dad was never in my life because he went to jail when I was very young.

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had?

When I went to Las Vegas for a basketball tournament with my AAU team. Vegas was fun because of all the people I got to see and because of all the big hotels.

What are your college plans?

I plan on going to West Texas A&M for basketball. I plan on studying business management.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before every game, I listen to music and take a nap.

What’s your favorite food?

My favorite dish is something my mom makes. It’s baked fish and shrimp with potatoes and carrots. With some Kool-Aid on the side.

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