Sophomore Player of the Week, nears basketball milestone
Sophomore Rasheed Wilkins is on his way to becoming a Penn State Brandywine legend. As of Thursday, Feb. 9, the men’s basketball team guard is just 38 points shy of his one thousandth point, a feat Sports Information Coordinator Melissa Algeo said is achieved only rarely for players within four years, let alone just two.
Wilkins, who was named Player of the Week by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) on Jan. 17 and by the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) on January 30, said he averages 19 to 20 points per game.
On February 3, with 86 points to go, the soft-spoken, humble team captain said he has worked out a strategy for the upcoming weekend. “My plan is to score 52 points on Saturday (Feb. 4 at Penn State Hazelton) and 34 points on Monday” (Feb. 6 versus Penn College at Brandywine), he said with a laugh. “I want to do it at home.”
Wilkins didn’t quite meet his goal, but he did score a combined 48 points between the two games. For someone who has scored 30 total points in nine different games since his freshman year, it seems pretty likely he will reach his goal this season.
A self-described “average player” in high school, Wilkins said the Brandywine coaches and his teammates have made him a better player.
After being recruited to come to Brandywine from New Media Technology Charter School in Philadelphia, Wilkins said, “ I came here because I liked the coaches. I worked hard over the summer and the coaches put me in good positions to succeed.” When he arrived on campus, he had not one friend, but he quickly found a home. “I love my teammates. They’re the best. We’re one big family.”
Wilkins hopes to one day play professional basketball, but has a backup plan in case the pros don’t pan out. The business major, who currently works in the Athletic department doing “odd jobs,” said he plans to open a sporting goods store.
Last year, Wilkins earned All American status and was named Newcomer of the Year by the PSUAC. This year, he said he found out about his USCAA award during the game against Penn State Schuylkill on Jan. 23, which ended with a 71-61 Brandywine win.
“I found out before the game (ended),” he said. “They called my name and announced it. I was shocked. We were playing Penn State Schuylkill at home. That was one of my best games of the year.” During that game, Wilkins scored 33 points, and had 12 rebounds, eight assists and five steals.
"I was a little surprised, but I knew I had played good games,” he said.