Kielyn Wilson of King Drew Medical Magnet High School has been a varsity basketball player and on the honor roll since her sophomore. (Photo by Jason Lewis)
Kielyn Wilson wants to continue playing basketball when she gets to college, and study pre-law and forensic science. (Photo by Jason Lewis)
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Kielyn Wilson lists one of her strengths as teamwork, which helped her to win the Best all around Player award on the King Drew Medical Magnet High School girls’ basketball team. Â And she lists math and science as her favorite subjects.
Wilson started at power forward last season during her junior year while keeping her grade point average above a 3.0. Â The soon-to-be senior said that she would like to continue playing basketball as a shooting guard when she gets to college while studying pre law and forensic science. Â She has a strong love for basketball, and for the hit television show “CSI” (Crime Scene Investigation).
Wilson’s first experience playing basketball as a child did not go so well. Â She played on a team when she was 8-years old, but she thought that she was not very good, so she focused on track and soccer. Â But when she got to high school she decided to give the sport another try, and figured out pretty quickly that she was really good.
“I realized that I was good, so I started to working extra hard in practice,” Wilson said.
Wilson practices her dribbling at home and goes to the park to practice on her shooting.
“I work even when I didn’t have practice,” Wilson said.
Wilson works on the fundamentals of her game by practicing her shooting arm motion with and without the ball. Â She works on her pump fake, drop step, and driving to the basket.
The biggest moment of her basketball career was last season when her team was down by two points with about 20 seconds remaining in the game. Â The ball ended up in her hands and she shot the ball from behind the 3-point line for the win.
“At first when I shot the ball I was like ‘Am I going to miss it or make it?'” Wilson said. Â I was scared of what the outcome would be but when it when in I was very excited. Â I couldn’t believe that I hit the shot that won us the game.”
Wilson’s coach has nothing but great things to say about her.
“Kielyn is a very good athlete,” Coach Toni Eldredge said. Â “She’s our spirit and fire on the team. Â She gets things going, whether it’s a blocked shot or a steal, or a timely shot. Â She’s really intense and she puts her heart out on the floor.”
Wilson’s passion for her schoolwork is as great as it is for sports.
“I love science, math, working with numbers or chemicals,” Wilson said.
Community service is also important to Wilson, who was a volunteer for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. Â She has also volunteered for the New Frontier Democratic Club newsletter editor, Abilityfirst, Harry A. Mier Center fundraising event and for Assemblyman Mike Davis’ talent search auditions as well as helping the stage manager at the actual talent contest at Los Angeles Southwest College.
Wilson has traveled to South Africa with a student group from The Watts Learning Center. Â The group visited schools, met with South African Students exchanging songs and games, went on a safari and visited Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Â Wilson has continued her education, through travel, to Washington, DC, visiting the monuments and museums and to New York visiting, among other sites, Ground Zero and the renowned Hayden Planetarium.
Wilson was accepted in 2008 and 2009 to the Tavis Smiley Leadership Institute, and she plans to attend this year. Â In 2009, she also attended the Digi Girlz computer camp sponsored by Microsoft.
Wilson is an all around great person, and she is an asset to our community.