The University of Virginia men’s basketball program has scored a verbal commitment from senior Isaiah Wilkins , a 6’7″, 190-pound forward out of Greater Atlanta Christian in Atlanta, GA. Wilkins gives Virginia its second commitment in the class of 2014, joining 4-star guard BJ Stith.
Wilkins, who took an official visit to UVa this weekend, revealed his decision roughly around noon on Sunday. Via Twitter, he wrote: “Decided to end my recruiting a little earlier than expected …I am officially committed to the University Of Virginia!!! 🏀#Hoos #UVA 🏀”
Wilkins, who is the step-son of Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, averaged 16.2 points, over 11 boards, and over two assists per game his junior season. He also had 158 blocks in 2012/2013, earning AA Player of the Year honors while leading GAC to a state championship and 29-3 overall record.
Virginia, which offered Wilkins this past July, sees the versatile prospect ultimately developing into a power forward in the mold of current Hoos senior Akil Mitchell . Like Mitchell, Wilkins was seen as a tweener of sorts in terms of where he projects in college.
“I think a lot of the reason why some of the major programs [waited to offer Wilkins] was because he is 6’7″ and they were wondering if he would be a 3 or a 4. That question was being tossed around,” GAC head coach Eddie Martin told TheSabre.com in a recent interview. “They finally figured out that the bottom line is this kid is a player. He can really play the game. He has excellent basketball IQ. He understands how to play.”
Wilkins narrowed his list to five schools, but Virginia received the first official visit. Presumably, he will cancel any other officials that may have been scheduled. In addition to Virginia, Wilkins also considered Memphis, Miami, SMU, and Wichita State.
Stay tuned to TheSabre for more on Wilkins’ decision.