Omar Wilkes Transfers to Cal

June 17, 2004

BERKELEY - Omar Wilkes, a 6-4, 175-pound guard from Los Angeles who played last season at Kansas, has transferred to the University of California, Golden Bear basketball coach Ben Braun announced Thursday.

Under NCAA rules, Wilkes will sit out the 2004-05 season, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in the fall of 2005.

'We are very pleased Omar has decided to transfer to Cal,' Braun said. 'He is a versatile guard who should help strengthen our backcourt. We look forward to him joining our program this season.'

As a freshman at Kansas last year, Wilkes appeared in 21 games, averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per contest as the Jayhawks finished 24-9 and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Wilkes originally attended Loyola High School, where he was a two-time Division I-AA CIF Southern Section Player of the Year. As a senior, he averaged 18 ppg and shot 55.0 percent from the field in leading Loyola to the sectional championship. In addition, he was a first team all-state choice and a Western U.S. All-American in 2003.

The son of former Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers star Jamaal Wilkes, Omar averaged 22 ppg, 6 rpg and 5 apg as a junior at Loyola, earning first team all-state underclassman honors.

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