Wilkins still awaits NCAA eligibility ruling

The University of Georgia expects to find out Wednesday whether N.C. State basketball transfer <b>Damien Wilkins</b> will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs this season.

Wilkins, the son of former NBA star Gerald and nephew of former Georgia and Atlanta Hawks star Dominique, appealed to the NCAA for immediate eligibility. Under NCAA transfer rules, he is supposed to sit out this season and then have two years of eligibility remaining. But Wilkins and his father claim Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek took away his scholarship after Wilkins entered the NBA draft. Wilkins later withdrew from the draft and asked to return to school.

Georgia head coach Jim Harrick has said he believes Wilkins has a "small chance" of being eligible this season, because Sendek technically took away his scholarship, which isn't permissible under NCAA guidelines. However, N.C. State officials maintain that Sendek didn't take away Wilkins' scholarship, and the player could have finished his studies at the school.

Wilkins, who averaged 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, transferred to Georgia after also considering Florida, Illinois and Seton Hall.

Wilkins was rated the nation's No. 1 prospect by recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons after he averaged 22.1 points and 12.2 rebounds his senior season at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, FL. As a freshman at N.C. State during the 2000-2001 season, he started more games and played more minutes than any other freshman in school history.


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