An appeal for Wilkins' immediate eligibility was denied, and he therefore must sit out this season in compliance with NCAA rules regarding transfers, the NCAA office ruled Wednesday afternoon.
Wilkins will have two years of eligibility remaining at Georgia, beginning with the 2002-2003 season.
Wilkins transferred last June from N.C. State University, for which he had played the past two seasons. UGA had filed an appeal in his behalf to waive NCAA rule 188.8.131.52.10A, requiring any Division I basketball transfer to sit out one year before gaining eligibility at his new school.
Wilkins claimed N.C. State head coach Herb Sendek took away his scholarship after he entered the NBA draft. Wilkins later withdrew from the draft and asked to return to school. Georgia head coach Jim Harrick also believed Sendek technically took away Wilkins' scholarship, which isn't permissible under NCAA rules. However, N.C. State officials maintained that Sendek didn't take away Wilkins' scholarship, and the player could have finished his studies at the school.
Wilkins is a son of former NBA star Gerald and a nephew of former Georgia and Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins.
Georgia opens the 2001-2002 season Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum against Furman.