After landing the nation's top point guard in Emmanuel Mudiay, SMU is looking to continue building momentum by adding another quality player in 2014.
Although the Mustangs would like to reel in an elite big man, they could also bring in a versatile player such as Greater Atlanta Christian small forward Isaiah Wilkins, whose step-father, Dominique, was a stud in the NBA. Wilkins picked up an SMU offer last month and has been in constant communication with the staff.
"It's been great to hear from Coach (Larry) Brown and Coach (K.T.) Turner. I've been talking to them a lot lately, and they're both great guys," Wilkins said. "Coach Brown is a Hall of Famer so it would be great to learn from him, and he's been talking to my dad a lot also. My dad has told me nothing but great things about him."
One of the most athletic players in Georgia, Wilkins averaged 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game and was named first team all-state. With his skillset, Wilkins can definitely make an immediate impact on the Hilltop.
And the three-star prospect says playing with Mudiay would be ‘amazing.'
"I can't say that I saw him picking SMU coming, but who wouldn't want to play for Coach Brown," Wilkins said. "I think it would be amazing to play with (Mudiay) at SMU because he's one of the best point guards in the class."
Wilkins recently made SMU's top five, and he hopes to learn more about the program when makes his official visit in a few weeks.
"Everything isn't completely set in stone, but I scheduled my visit with Coach Brown and Coach Turner for September 14, which is Coach Brown's birthday," he said. "I think that'll be pretty cool so I'm excited to go down there. I've always thought highly of SMU, and I love the academics. I've been doing a little more research so I'm ready to see it in person."
Here are Wilkins' thoughts on the four other schools on his short list:
Memphis: "I've been talking to Coach Aki (Collins) for a long time, and we have a really good relationship. One of our high school coaches actually went to a seminar, and he told me they liked me and to do more research on them so I did, and I really like what they have to offer."
Miami- "Miami just offered me last week, but they are a school that I really like. I've been in communication with Coach (Jim) Larranaga over the last few days, and he's been great. I was really impressed with how he changed the program there last year. I really enjoyed watching them."
Virginia: "I'm really excited about going to Virginia for my visit this weekend. Hopefully, I get to see the team work out because I'm more interested in the basketball aspect and the school than just going to the football game. Virginia has been on me since very early on so that means a lot to me. Me and the coaches get along great and I also have a strong connection with (former teammate) Malcolm Brogdon, who plays there."
Wichita State: "I've been talking to them since early July and what I really like about them is their playing style. I feel like I can be a really good fit in their system. I was really impressed with the run they had in the tournament, and I saw them play in the Final 4, which was really cool."
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