Athlete of the Week: Josh Wise, Washington
Name: Josh Wise
Wise’s week: Wise scored 66 points in three games for the Washington High School boys basketball team during victories over Bishop Canevin, Fort Cherry and Weir (W.Va.).
Most important, though, he eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for his career with a 3-pointer in the third quarter of a 69-44 win at Fort Cherry last Friday.
“I let it go, and it was great, nothing but net,” Wise said. “It was the greatest feeling in the world.”
Keep it in the family: Josh Wise’s father, Mark, was an accomplished basketball player at Wash High, but Mark Wise finished 16 points shy of 1,000.
Josh Wise said the two talked about the pursuit of 1,000, and Mark was full of helpful advice.
“He told me to go out there, relax and play my game, let it come to me,” Josh Wise said. “(He said) To not rush and don’t think about it. It helped.”
When Josh was presented with a game ball before Tuesday’s 51-45 loss to Seton-La Salle, he held it in the air for a second, then walked to the corner of the gym and handed it to his dad.
Next up: With 25 points Tuesday, Wise now has 1,048 for his career.
Andy Molinaro holds the school record with 1,338 points, a total Wise could threaten if his scoring picks up a bit and the Prexies’ make a decent playoff run.
“It’s amazing. It’s like a giant weight went off my shoulders,” Wise said of scoring 1,000. “But at the same time, it’s adding more weight, because now I’m going for the record.”
As much as Wise can score: “When he gets in rhythm, he’s tough to stop,” Wash High coach Mark Gaither said – the Prexies will need contributions from others if they plan on making a run in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs this season.
That much was evident Tuesday, as Seton La Salle held Wash High’s role players in check.
“If we want to win big games and go deep in the playoffs, we have to have some other guys scoring, too,” Gaither said.
All he does is win: Not only is Wise averaging 22.8 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game for the basketball team, but he also played quarterback and defensive back for Washington’s football team and was a WPIAL Class AA champion in the high jump last spring.
“I’m really proud of him,” Gaither said of Wise, who threw for 598 yards, totaled 13 touchdowns and had 59 tackles and three interceptions on a team that went 11-1 and reached the WPIAL Class AA final. His WPIAL-winning leap (6-7) bested the field by seven inches.
“He’s having a great senior year, and it’s more than just basketball. There’s football, track … he’s just doing a lot of good things.”
–Compiled by Jason Mackey