Merrillville (Ind.) High point guard D.J. Wilkins will visit Wichita State this weekend. Coaches haven’t offered him a scholarship. If they decide to this weekend, Wilkins’ college decision might get a lot easier.
“It would be a real big thing for me and my family,” he said. “If they were to offer, I would really consider going there.”
Wilkins (6-foot-2) is a two-sport star at Merrillville, where he plays quarterback with enough skill to interest Big Ten schools in his athletic skills. He played with a group of friends since eighth grade and didn’t want to abandon them in their final season. Basketball, however, is his future. Furman, Denver and Loyola (of Chicago), Ball State, Toledo and Northern Kentucky are other schools he is considering.
“It’s always been basketball,” he said.
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Wilkins earned honorable mention All-State honors for small schools from the Indianapolis Star and All-Area honors from the Munster (Ind.) Times. He averaged 14.5 points and 3.3 assists, according to the Times, and helped Merrillville improve from four wins to 18.
“His best quality is his jump shot,” assistant coach Bo Patton said. “He’s knockdown shooter. He’s got a high basketball I.Q.”
Marquise Greene, Wilkins’ older brother, is stationed at McConnell Air Force Base. That gives him one more reason to take an unofficial visit — WSU isn’t paying for the trip — to WSU.
“I like the style of play,” he said. “It’s close to home, but it’s far enough away where I’m on my own.”