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Russell Wilson drafted in 4th round by Rockies

Posted June 8, 2010

Wilson accepts new roles on Pack diamond

— N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted deep in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies Tuesday.

The dual-sport athlete was the 140th selection in the draft. He is listed as a center fielder but could also play second base.

Colorado must like ACC quarterbacks who play in the outfield. The Rockies used their first pick (26th overall) to select Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker. He is listed as a right fielder.

Russell Wilson played for the Wolfpack behind All-ACC center fielder Kyle Wilson and hit .306 in 47 games with 3 home runs and 13 RBI. Wilson started 25 games and was second on the team in triples (2) and stolen bases (9).

Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said a lot of organizations were high on Wilson. "His make-up is off the chart," Avent said referring to Wilson's athleticism. "The guy is just mentally tough and he will find a way to beat you."

Avent said there was talk that Wilson could be taken in the 2nd round even with his limited playing time at NC State. The reasons?

"You take this kind of athlete," Avent explained. "With his desire to succeed and put that with everyday reps in baseball and he'll be a major leaguer."

Wilson's father has been in poor health and his condition may have an impact on Russell's future. The redshirt junior has said that he plans to return to N.C. State and play football but that was before he was drafted.

Elliott Avent said he and Wilson talked for quite some time after he was drafted but the coach has no idea what Russell will do.

"He'd be a great poker player," Avent joked. " He never shows his hand."

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  • IBleedRedandWhite Jun 8, 8:42 p.m.

    Wilson's future is brighter in football than baseball.

  • tarheelbasketballfan Jun 8, 6:12 p.m.

    He already said he wanted to play football this year. I think that ends any conversation.

  • jackieflash42 Jun 8, 5:42 p.m.

    Sometimes I just feel like TOB never turned Wilson loose on offense so he could really highlight his talent/abilities. Even as a fan of THE North Carolina State University, the offense was sometimes too conservative. I can't help but wonder what he would be like if the Pack ran their offense similar to Florida or say a Oklahoma or Texas. Regardless, if he's thinking long term, he's probably thinking Baseball anyway. I think the Rockies have a minor league team over in Asheville, but I believe they play single A ball there. Then again, for a fourth rounder, that's where they might start out. Wish him the best.

  • fed.up69 Jun 8, 5:23 p.m.

    His teleconference is going on now. He said he is going to play football and that Rockies were aware of his situation.

  • cwood3 Jun 8, 4:42 p.m.

    Family means alot to this young man. He and his family will decide. Isn't he close to graduating? If yes, great. Could he significantly improve his skills by playing one more year at State(baseball-he should be finished with football)??

    If he can improve significantly and his family can make it another year, he needs to stay. Any of those factors change-take the money and run!!

    God bless him-it's a tough choice. Life is full of tough choices.

  • robster Jun 8, 4:31 p.m.

    Don't know, don't know....hard to tell, but I would think he'd stay..but if the money's good, he might go, but I doubt if it's that good....hope the best for him and his family, especially his father...

  • canes017 Jun 8, 4:31 p.m.

    So where is the news about the UNC guy the Mets drafted 7th OVERALL..?

    — Posted by lolwut420

    That was yesterday, when they selected the first round.

    — Posted by nyrmessier

    Somebody just got put in their place BIG TIME.

  • tayled Jun 8, 4:24 p.m.

    Whatever he decides, he will do well. He is the kind of young man who will do well whatever he does, on the field or off.

    Now, if he goes to baseball, that would open up the spot for Mike Glennon. Glennon must also be a special person. He could have started last year for many D1 teams. Hats off to him for not transferring because he did not get playing time.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jun 8, 4:05 p.m.

    ^My point Deacon.....I don't get the 4th round business with Wilson. He SHOULD NOT have been drafted at all.

  • Deacons Jun 8, 4:01 p.m.

    Not to shabby! Imagine how high he would have gone had he been a regular for the Pack. I believe... View More

    — Posted by BattlingBishop 5

    You obviosuly don't follow baseball much, do you? I'm a State fan, and watched this team all... View More

    — Posted by nyrmessier

    I agree, his hitting is very weak, 307 in college is not very good with the aluminum bats. Very doubtful he would every make it past AA.

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