Isaiah Wilkins is no longer a fresh face. The Virginia forward is a year wiser in Tony Bennett’s system and is ready to start the season.
“It’s a lot easier,” said the sophomore. “I’m a lot more comfortable, and I know more what is going on.”
During the offseason, Malcolm Brogdon and many seniors helped organized some workouts. In this practices, Wilkins saw the level of the intensity and urgency this team has to make sure this season will be a successful one.
“We are really focused this year,” said Wilkins. “We know what we have to do. We have four or five guys leaving, so the time is now. We have to get this done.”
The Cavaliers were ranked sixth in the AP preseason poll this week, however, are not dwelling on it. According to the team, preseason polls don’t matter when you get eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. For the past two season, Virginia has been bounced from the tournament by Michigan State. Wilkins and the Cavs are hoping their non-conference schedule – one of the toughest in program history – will help the team get over the hurdle in the NCAA tourney.
“I love our schedule, “ stated Wilkins. “I think we are going to get some really good competition early to help us get ready for the tough games.”
Wilkins admits that without forward Darion Atkins this season, the Cavs have “less room for error.” He discusses the Atkins’ loss, his improvement and much more in the one-on-one interview with Scout’s HooNation.com above.