Bunny Wilson—Down Memory Lane With Paul Baker

Last night as Maryland was up by 50 over Longwood , I was passing the time chatting with local legendary Basketball guru, Paul Baker. Over his illustrious career PB has Coached in College, High school, been a NBA scout, written a great book about his journeys and on and on. But his most everlasting memories were the times he spent with Isaiah “Bunny ” Wilson at the University of Baltimore in the mid sixties. UB used to play their games at the Rogers Avenue Gym–capacity 125. Bunny Wilson arrived on the scene from Philadelphia and according to Paul selected U of B because one of his close friends was on the team. This was a real coup for Paul Baker getting Bunny from the 5 schools that were centered in the Palestra. For 3 years at UB Bunny averaged 29 points a game, three times scoring in the fifties. In his last year at U of B , Bunny led his team to a 19-7 record including upsets over GW and Old Dominion. I never forget my brother dragging me up to the Rogers Ave gym to watch Bunny. His jump shot was as smooth as silk. Bunny hung on in the NBA for 2 years never making his mark but proving he belonged. Paul Baker stays in touch with Bunny Wilson a father of 3 and successful businessman.

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  1. freddy from boca

    I remember playing ball with Bunny at the JCC. Bunny played like Richard Feldstein. Always shot the ball, never passed. He was drafted and signed a 2 yr $125,000, with I’m pretty sure, the Pistons. I think he came from Philly Textile.

    Reply ·   January 20, 2010

  2. John Vitali

    I had the pleasure of spending time around Bunny one summer at Bob Cousy’s Basketball Camp in New Hampshire. Watching him play in the counselor games under the lights at night with some other college stars of the day (Mark Mitchell – G’Town) was awesome. So awesome, I’m writing about it forty years later.

    Reply ·   June 22, 2010

  3. Bob Fisher

    Yeah, Bunny coached me at Cousy’s camp also. Those counselor games were amazing, especially when Cooz jumped in. Bunny taught us the wickedest moves!! Geez — the dribble between the legs spin……..!!!! When Bunny taught the skills class ALL the kids turned out!!

    Reply ·   April 18, 2011

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