One of Illinois' better young big men, 2019 forward Christian Wilbourn is hearing from several college programs as he prepares for his junior season at Normal Community.  At 6’7, 205-pounds Wilbourn possesses a Division I basketball frame and is a traditional inside-out big man, capable of playing in the post or stepping out and shooting the mid-range jumper or the 3.  Wilbourn says he made significant gains this summer competing on the NY2LA circuit with Quad City Elite and by taking a back-to-basics approach with Brandon Heyen, a Pure Sweat trainer. 

“Coach Logan Wynn has also helped me a lot with teaching me more about the small details of the game with my technique,” he said. “I've been working on my post game and face up game. So being able to face up and consistently hit jumpers from that position. Also I've been working on my midrange and 3 point shooting.”

Although he does not currently hold any offers, Wilbourn has drawn interest from several Division I programs including calls and mail from Loyola, Belmont, South Dakota, Wright State, Kent State, Eastern Illinois, and Dartmouth.  Loyola, Wright State, and South Dakota have all visited him at open gyms.

Wilbourn says Normal figures to have a solid run in 2017-18 after going 16-13 last season as the program returns several players with varsity experience. Never one to back down from a challenge, Wilbourn says he is looking forward to playing against some of the top teams and players in Illinois this season.

“The team I'm looking forward to playing this year is Bloomington High School,” Wilbourn said. “Last year we had very close games between each other. Also I'm looking forward to go against two of their guys who are D1 prospects in Colton Sandage and Chris Payton.”

Wilbourn says he is also looking forward to matching up against one of Illinois top big men Francis Okoro.  A fan of Kobe Bryant, Wilbourn says the most influential person in his basketball career has been his brother.

“He originally taught me how to play the game and he's been there for me through the ups and downs,” Wilbourn said. “Also we constantly talk about how I can improve and get better, but also realizing everything is not about basketball.”