Derrick Wilson tried his best to ignore it all, but he knew exactly how many perceived him during his first season as Marquette University's starting point guard.

After spending two years as a reliable backup behind the steady Junior Cadougan, Wilson's offensive limitations were magnified with an increased role. Wilson became an easy target for those looking to take out the frustration of Marquette's 17-15 season on someone.

Combine the disappointment in his personal performance with missing the postseason for the first time in his collegiate career, and Wilson didn't have to search far for motivation this offseason.

"I wouldn't say it was failure, but I would say it was not where I wanted to be," Wilson said of his junior year. "It is a big difference from going to the Elite Eight to not even making the tournament. You kind of have a chip on your shoulder.

"You hear all the outside stuff. Even though it goes in one ear and out the other, you still hear it. It puts a chip on your shoulder and it makes you want to get better."

As a sophomore, Wilson averaged 13.1 minutes per game behind Cadougan and contributed by taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense. Wilson wasn't needed to provide much else offensively, so his 27.3 percent (15 of 55) field-goal percentage wasn't a major problem for the Golden Eagles.

But when his minutes jumped to 30.8 per game last season, Wilson's inability to score or even keep the defense honest with his shot held Marquette back offensively.