The University of Virginia is one of five finalists for Isaiah Wilkins , a 6’7″ rising senior forward out of Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, GA). GAC head coach Eddie Martin also reports that UVa will be the versatile prospect’s first official visit destination.
“Isaiah’s list is narrowed to five,” Martin said. “His offer total was touching 30 and through research and feel he narrowed it to five schools. There is Virginia and Miami from the ACC, Memphis and SMU, and Wichita State. They are all trying to schedule visits, but as of now only one has been set. He’ll go to Virginia next weekend (August 30 – September 1).”
Virginia currently has one Greater Atlanta Christian product on its roster in guard Malcolm Brogdon . If you recall, UVa was the first official for Brogdon, who committed shortly after the trip and cancelled all other officials. No doubt Tony Bennett and company would love for a repeat scenario.
“I think Isaiah is going to take it visit by visit,” Martin answered when asked if Wilkins planned to take all five official visits before committing. “I think he’ll definitely sign in November. He might take all five, but not many kids do. I don’t want to speak for him, but I could see him taking two or three visits and then going with his gut.”
Martin provided several reasons why Virginia made Wilkins’ final five.
“The academics,” he said. “Isaiah wants good academics and Virginia has strong academics. Also, he loves that they are in the ACC. A third reason is the success of Tony Bennett and his staff on the court and in developing players.”
Wilkins, step-son of Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, earned a starting spot on the GAC varsity level about a quarter of the way through his sophomore season. He was excellent as a junior in 2012/2013, averaging 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Wilkins had 158 blocked shots his junior season, earning AA Player of the Year honors for his performance. More importantly, he helped Greater Atlanta Christian to a 29-3 overall record and a state championship.
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