Paul VI’s Wisler Sannon Commits to NJIT

Paul VI’s Wisler Sannon Commits to NJIT
Paul VI junior Wisler Sannon had what turned out to be a very realistic goal when he began his high school basketball career as a freshman.
 
“Going into freshman year, my goal was to get an offer (from college),” he said. “I didn’t necessarily expect a Division I offer.”
 
Yet that is what he received and Sannon accepted when he made a verbal commitment to attend New Jersey Institute of Technology.
 
NJIT is a Division I program that plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference. It is most known for a 72-70 upset win over Michigan in December of 2014.
 
The 6-foot-3 Sannon has been a starter since his freshman year. This past season he averaged 13.2 points for a 21-7 Paul VI team that was among the top 10 teams in South Jersey.
 
Sannon is a strong post player, but at 6-3 he understands he will have to take his game outside at the next level. He says that NJIT projects him to be a shooting guard or small forward.
 
While playing primarily inside for Paul VI Sannon could see time even at point guard next season, according to Paul VI coach Tony Devlin.
 
“We have not had a full-time one (point guard) and he may play the one this year,” Devlin said. “He is athletic and has a great energy level and plays very good man to man defense.”
 
Sannon said that he was in communication with other schools but felt the best vibe from NJIT.
 
“I really felt like they wanted me and it looks like a good fit,” he said.
 
Sannon says that between now and the high school season he will be working more on his perimeter game, knowing that he will be playing more on the outside not only in college but next high school season.
 
“I will be getting a lot shots up,” he said.
 
At least Sannon, even in these restricting times, doesn’t have to go far to work on his game. He has a full court in his backyard. It’s not unusual to see him at 6 a.m. before school working on his game.
 
Devlin says that besides his basketball skill, Sannon will bring much more to NJIT.
 
“He is going to be very successful due to his personality,” Devlin said. “He is friendly, truly has a great personality and this is a fantastic opportunity for him.”
Sannon says he would like to major in physical therapy at NJIT
 
Two years ago NJIT went 22-13 but slumped to 9-21 this past season.
 
Sannon will be a welcome addition, and now he is preparing for his senior year.
 
This past season, Paul VI fell to eventual sectional champion St. Augustine, 57-48 in a South Jersey Non-Public A semifinal.
 
Those two schools should again be contenders for a South Jersey championship.
 
Sannon says he is looking forward to his senior season, one that will have a little less stress, now that knows his future destination.

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