Sectional Dreams Propel Hauser Twin Seniors

Updated: March 2, 2017

By: James Pence
Staff Reporter

Basketball has a very rich tradition in Indiana with parents introducing and teaching their children the sport at a very young age that passes on from generation to generation.
It was no different for Hauser senior twin brothers Connor and Clayton Wilson.
Their parents, Steve and Dawn, introduced them to the game when they were in kindergarten and they became hooked ever since then. Dawn was a former high school basketball player and made basketball exciting for the duo.
“Our mom got us going since we were very little,” Clayton said. “We started in kindergarten and have been playing in every grade since.”
Playing basketball in their free time was all they could think about. They competed 1-on-1 against each other growing up and like with most families when you play against a sibling, an argument is likely to ensue from time to time. It was no different for Connor or Clayton either, but their bond on the court growing up made them the players they are today.
Connor played AAU basketball over the summer going into his sophomore year. He had the opportunity to be on a team that featured Columbus East basketball senior stars Tanner McFall and Chaz Painter and also former Columbus East basketball player Kevin Williams. The team was coached by Alan Ballard, the father of Columbus East girls junior basketball player Britney Ballard. They scrimmaged together and it was Connor’s first indication of how intense the competition was going to be at the varsity level.
“Those guys were very intense and they all work real hard,” Connor recalled.
During his sophomore season, he worked really hard for Hauser coach Griff Roth when he was on JV. That hard work he put in during the offseason paid off as Connor found himself in the starting lineup on a then senior loaded squad his junior year. His ability to shoot the basketball shined and he helped give the team a 15-9 record that year.
Connor and Clayton were teammates on the Hoosier Hoops AAU team during this past summer as they were entering into their senior year. During that time, Connor improved his game and several colleges took noticed. He got interest from a few schools.
Just recently, he announced his commitment to play at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. It is an NCAA Division III school in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
“I had a couple of options and that one was the best fit for me, personally,” said Connor. “Even though I’m still looking for something to major in, I thought this was the best fit.”
Clayton is attending Trine University in Angola. He plans to major in software engineering.
Clayton joined his brother as part of the Hauser rotation this season. This year, they are 14-9, but six of their nine losses have come against 3A or 4A schools. Even though the two of them know their high school journey is about to end, they have plenty of memories during their time playing Hauser basketball.
“My most memorable one was when we played Columbus North (on November 28, 2015),” Clayton said. “We were really the underdogs and we beat them (55-54). That was a really good time for us.”
But now, they have their eyes set on hoping to go out their senior year with a sectional title. They face a tough task against Waldron in the semifinal matchup. They defeated Waldron earlier in the season in January 75-71. Connor scored a career high 35 points in that game. If they knock off Waldron, then they could face Class A No. 6 Oldenburg Academy for the championship.

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