Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, GA) senior Isaiah Wilkins did not waste any time in making his commitment to the University of Virginia official. On November 13, the first day of the Early Signing Period for Division 1 men’s basketball, the 6’7” combo forward prospect faxed a signed letter of intent to UVa at 7 a.m. Confirming the LOI had been received, Wilkins received a text message from the Virginia coaches.
“They said, ‘Welcome. You are a Wahoo for life,” Wilkins recalled.
Signing “was great,” said Wilkins, who considered offers from Memphis, Miami, SMU and Wichita State, before verbally committing to the Hoos. “It was a little better than committing. It was done. I know I’m definitely going to go there now. It took a little bit of pressure off, playing-wise. I could enjoy playing more knowing I am going to a good team.”
For Wilkins, Signing Day was a family affair.
“It was a great day,” he said. “My cousin, she signed with South Alabama. We went to my grandparents’ house. There were about fifteen of us. Me and my cousin, we signed. It was a dream come true for us. We worked hard to get there.”
Greater Atlanta Christian, the reigning Class AA state champion, has two wins in two games in the 2013/2014 season. Wilkins enjoyed a big-time junior season, averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks per game, ultimately earning AA Player of the Year honors for his performance. With added weight and maturity, he is prepared for another successful high school season.
“I’m 210 pounds right now,” said Wilkins, who was listed at 190 pounds last winter. “I took my offseason training very seriously. I set my mind to it. My leadership has improved a lot. Playing-wise, I’m more comfortable putting the ball on the floor than I was last year. I’m more comfortable backing down opponents.”
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