Jordan Wilkes Signs with Bears

Nov. 10, 2004

BERKELEY - Jordan Wilkes, a 6-10, 210-pound center out of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at California, head coach Ben Braun announced Wednesday.

'We are very pleased to sign Jordan Wilkes,' Braun said. 'He is a very skilled player with a very good understanding of the game. Jordan has the potential to be an outstanding collegiate post player.'

Rated the No. 5 center in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 76 overall recruit by The Sporting News, Wilkes averaged 16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game at Loyola last season to earn second team All-CIF honors. He shot 60.6 percent from the floor (197-325) and 81.1 percent from the free throw line (60-74) in leading the Cubs to a 20-8 record and an 11-1 mark in the Serra League.

Wilkes is the younger brother of Cal sophomore guard Omar Wilkes, who is sitting out this season after transferring from Kansas over the summer. Jordan is also the son of former NBA star Jamaal Wilkes, who starred with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers during his playing career.

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