Glen Cove, NY/Glen Cove
Men's Basketball • 1987-91
Regarded by most as the greatest athlete ever to don a Fairleigh Dickinson uniform, Desi Wilson is the basketball program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,902 career points, a figure that ranks him eighth in NEC history. The 6’7” forward also hauled in 780 rebounds, fifth at FDU and 20th in league annals.
Wilson led the Knights in scoring all three years he competed, including an NEC-best 22.3 ppg in 1989-90. His 23.8 ppg as a senior in 1990-91 still stands as the highest single-season average in FDU history.
Wilson took the NEC by storm in 1988-89 when he was voted NEC Rookie of the Year and tabbed to the NEC All-Tournament team. One year later, he was recognized by conference head coaches as the 1989-90 NEC Player of the Year. In his senior season, the Glen Cove, NY native earned his second straight first team All-NEC nod and was again selected to the All-Tournament squad. Wilson was tabbed to the NEC’s 25th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team and also earned a spot on the All-Decade team.
As a member of the Knights baseball team, Wilson, in two seasons, posted a career .376 batting average. In 1991, he batted .408 with 11 doubles and 24 RBI.
Wilson went on to play one year of Major League Baseball with the San Francisco Giants in 1996, and continued to compete professionally through 2007. He currently coaches in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league organization.
“Desi Wilson was a coaches dream,” said NEC Hall of Famer Tom Green, who was the head coach at FDU during Wilson’s tenure. “He was an exceptionally talented athlete and a very diligent worker. He went to work everyday wearing his hard hat and got it done. Because of his tremendous work ethic he improved rapidly from year to year. He simply knew how to fill up a stat sheet. He is the finest athlete I have ever coached. Off the court he was also an exceptional gentleman as well! Desi Wilson was a tremendous ambassador for Fairleigh Dickinson University.”
“He brought physicality and finesse combined in one game,” said former Monmouth player Dave Calloway, who competed against Wilson back in the late 80s. “That is what comes to mind when the lefty from FDU’s name comes up. He could score in multiple ways around the basket. He could go around you, he could go over you, and if that didn’t work, look out, because he would just go through you!”