Isaiah Wilkins, the stepson of former NBA Hall of Fame forward and current Atlanta Hawks vice president of basketball Dominique Wilkins, spent the past few months making a name for himself on the summer circuit.
A three-star forward, Wilkins played this summer for the Georgia Stars after being named the GHSA Class AA Player of the Year last season for state champion Greater Atlanta Christian and making USA Today's All-USA Georgia team.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound rising senior currently holds 20 offers, with the most recent coming from the Ragin' Cajuns in Louisiana. Wilkins, the No. 3 Georgia recruit in HoopSeen.com's Class of 2014 rankings, was offered a scholarship after talking with new assistant coach Gus Hauser and head coach Bob Marlin.
"Coach G called me a couple of days after my last game in July," Wilkins recently told the Cajun Redzone. "It was a great conversation. I was at the house, and he got to talk to my grandpa then he put the head coach on the phone."
Wilkins, who has a 7-0 wingspan and averaged 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.7 assists as a junior for a 29-3 squad, said he also enjoyed talking with coach Marlin.
"He is a really good coach," said Wilkins, who as a junior set school records for most blocks in a game (15) and season (158) and tied for the most dunks in a single season (50). "We talked about stuff other than basketball like the city and the food there, and at the end he offered me a scholarship. He said he wanted to get me in for a visit and talked about coming to see me work out at my high school.
"They said they liked how hard I played, how I attacked on the wing and how I brought a stretch four look to the team."
In addition to the Cajuns, Wilkins claims offers from VCU, SMU, Virginia, Mississippi State, Wofford, Wichita State, UAB, Richmond, UNC-Wilmington, Murray State, Florida State, Clemson, Charlotte, Auburn, Georgia State, George Mason, UCF, Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee. He added that Georgia (his stepdad's alma mater), Georgia Tech and Alabama are also involved.
This week Wilkins starts his senior year and plans to narrow his list of colleges after meeting with GAC coach Eddie Martin. Wilkins recently made unofficial visits to Georgia and Clemson and drove through the UCF campus in July while at an Orlando-based tournament.
Wilkins is known as a versatile, well-rounded forward who can score, rebound, pass, defend and hit the mid-range jumper. He continues to work on his ball handling and shooting range.
In mid-July, Wilkins helped the Georgia Stars win the 17U championship at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Invitational in Augusta, Ga. HoopSeen.com wrote that Wilkins was the best power forward in the Best of the South 17U Division in late July in Suwanee, Ga.
Earlier in the spring while playing for a loaded Stars squad Wilkins tied for the team lead in blocks (1.3 per game) and was third in rebounds (5.4) and assists (1.7) in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
"The consensus from college coaches is once I start putting some weight on I'll be a stretch four and develop into a three and could compete for playing time as a freshman," Wilkins said. "I feel like I'm versatile and can guard a lot of positions and play a lot of positions on offense as well."
As for what he's looking for in a college, Wilkins said he plans to major in business but is otherwise keeping his options open. The earliest Wilkins can sign a binding national letter of intent is during the NCAA's early signing period from Nov. 13-20, but he might wait until the spring to make his final decision.
"I'm looking for a good academic school because that's important to me and my family," said Wilkins, who has a 3.1 grade point average and is scheduled to take the SAT in October. "Distance (from home) is not as important. I want to play for a good coach with the right system to fit my style. The name of the school doesn't really matter. I've got to do what's best for me. I'm looking to play as a freshman and want to make an impact and win games."
Wilkins appreciates the guidance of his stepdad as he goes through the recruiting process.
"We sat down the other day and he said he wants me to experience the world as much as I can," Wilkins said. "Being around the game at such a young age has helped a lot. I'm always able to ask him for advice."
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