In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior pitcher and first baseman TYLER WILSON of GREENWOOD HIGH as its 2007-08 Arkansas Baseball Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior right-handed pitcher finished with an 11-0 record and a 1.36 ERA this season, recording 92 strikeouts in 64 innnings and leading the Bulldogs (22-10) to the second round of the Class 5A state postseason tournament. A two-time returning First Team All-State selection, Wilson, also a first baseman, recorded a .418 batting average, 30 RBI, 23 runs scored and four home runs. A participant in the 2006 Area Code Games, he pitched a six-inning perfect game in a 10-0 victory against Poteau High on March 14.
Also a standout football player, Wilson has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. A parishioner at the Northside Church of Christ in Greenwood as well as a member of the school's Spanish Club and National Beta Club chapter, he also donates his time as a teen leader in the Greenwood Junior Cotillion and as a mentor and instructor to youth athletes at Greenwood High's summer baseball camps.
"He's got a fastball that gets up into the upper 80s and low 90s, and he really knows what to do with it," said Clay McCammon, head coach of rival Searcy High. "He's about as good an athlete as there is around here."
Wilson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Arkansas this fall.