Wilkins Continues Excellent Play In Senior Year

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Isaiah Wilkins broke out in a big way as a junior in the 2012/2013 season, averaging over 16 points and 11 rebounds per game while leading Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, GA) to a 29-3 record and a Class AA state championship. The 6’7″, 210-pound forward played well on the 2013 AAU circuit, earning scholarship offers from major Division 1 programs including the University of Virginia, the school he signed a letter of intent with last November. Wilkins’ quality play has continued through 16 games in his senior season, as he has helped GAC to a 16-0 record that included an Arby’s Classic title in December.

Wilkins, who is averaging around 20 points and about 12 boards per contest this season, was clutch throughout the Arby’s Classic, including a 16-point, nine-rebound, five-assist and four-block effort in the quarterfinals against Hamilton of Tennessee. That win, Wilkins says, was a springboard of sorts.

“I feel like that was a really big game,” Wilkins said. “We went against [6’8″ sophomore Dedric Lawson and 6’7″ Memphis-bound junior K.J. Lawson], brothers who are really good. They were a lot bigger than us physically and height-wise. The way we stepped up and the way I stepped up, it gave me and the team confidence.”

GAC downed Oak Ridge of Tennessee, 46-42, in the Arby’s Classic semifinals before capturing the championship with a 63-56 win over Georgia’s Milton High School, which is the alma mater of current Cavalier sophomore forward Evan Nolte.

As you would expect, Wilkins is very excited about how things are going in so far in his senior season.

“It’s going great,” Wilkins said. “This year, being a senior, I feel like I’m more of a leader but more aggressive. I can play different positions. In high school I play anywhere from the 3 to the 5. I’ll bring it up the court if I’m going against a seven-footer. I’m using my versatility to my advantage.”

Certainly, winning AA Player of the Year is indicative of the type of season Wilkins had in 2012/2013. Asked how his game has improved this year, he said: “I feel like I got a lot stronger physically, which has helped a lot when I post up smaller players. I can dribble the ball more on the perimeter. Against another big