Isaiah Wilkins did not need much time to figure out that the University of Virginia was the place for him. The Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, GA) senior forward arrived on grounds around noon last Friday for the start of his official visit, his first experience at UVa. By the end of Saturday, he had decided to become a Wahoo.
“I was not planning on committing. On Friday night I got the idea in my head, but I wanted to sleep on it. On Saturday night, I told Coach Bennett I wanted to commit,” said Wilkins, who has informed the coaches of the other four finalists — Memphis, Miami, SMU and Wichita state — that his recruitment is over and he will sign a letter of intent with UVa in November.
Wilkins recalled Friday’s itinerary, which included time with Virginia coaches and players, meeting Athletic Director Craig Littlepage, a tour of the John Paul Jones Arena, and more.
“I got there around noon. Me and my grandpa had to drive. We drove, and my mom flew,” Wilkins said. “When we got there, we met with Coach Sanchez. He took us in the building and showed me around. There was a highlight video. Then I sat down and met with Coach Bennett with my grandpa. Then I met [Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike] Curtis and everybody. My mom showed up around the time of the parade [at the Downtown Mall]. We ate dinner at the Downtown Grille. Then I got to hang out with Malcolm [Brogdon] and the team.”
Saturday was obviously a good one as well for Wilkins, who committed while he and his family were over Tony Bennett’s house on Saturday night.
“We were down in his basement when I told him. We all screamed. I’m sure they all heard us upstairs,” Wilkins said with a laugh.
Wilkins wasn’t the only one who felt Virginia was the right place for him.
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