In his first season at Calvary Day School 6’1 2022 James Wilkins III has been focused on carving out a role to help this talented and experienced back court flourish this season, he has come in early and provided a spark off the bench.
Lewisville, North Carolina- Wilkins has more varsity experience than your average frosh, last season he was a starter as an eighth grader averaging 20 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, but Calvary plays an entirely differently level of schedule. With the Cougars Wilkins is getting the opportunity to test himself against some of the top programs all across the state, Calvary has already played five teams ranked in our latest NCISAA rankings. This is an opportunity Wilkins has relished thus far, and he continues to gain confidence with every game.
“I played varsity last year as a 14 year old 8th grader an averaged 20.9 points and 6 assists per game, so expectations are high, just now turned 15 I feel I have experience and knowledge of the game to bring to an already talented team, expectations is to bring a state championship home to Calvary an succeed this season in everything.” Wilkins told Phenom Hoops.
“I see myself fitting in great to the back court an team, I played against them last year on varsity and had 30, but I wanted to bring my talents and join with them to do something special, we are hungry for a state championship, we have great team chemistry already and we are all brothers.”
This group is much more talented than their (1-9,0-1), record perceives they have been within striking distance during every contest, as this group continues to gel on the floor the wins will come. Wilkins joined a back court consisting of three seniors that have been together for several years now, but there are some other new faces still being acclimated as well. Wilkins has a unique opportunity to learn under guys like Jackson Gammons (Citadel signee), and Jaeden Lanning (Pfeiffer signee).
Wilkins joined the team after a productive summer with Team CP3 and more recently in the fall, during the prestigious Southeast Freshman All American Camp featuring some of the top 2022 prospects in all of the south.
“Camp was great, it’s always fun when the top players in the state an area come together, we compete an make each other better. It got me better and I got to see things in my game I need to perfect and work on. I made the top 20 all star game an top 10 players in the camp, it was definitely a boost of confidence and I hit big shots which will translate to the season.” Wilkins said
The Cougars are next in action on Tuesday vs Conference foe High Point Christian, this is a match up Calvary should be hungry to win after suffering a heartbreaking OT loss to Forsyth Country Day in their conference opener earlier this week.