“I would have the player be a good student, polite, courteous, a good team player, a good defensive player and rebounder, a good inside player and outside shooter,” [John] Wooden told the New York Post in 1985. “Why not just take Jamaal Wilkes and let it go at that.”
Why not just take Jamaal Wilkes? Wherever he went, the small forward brought success with him, so you were bound to reap some high rewards.
Despite being taken 11th in the NBA draft, Wilkes showed no let down in the skills that made him an AP All-American in college and a two-time NCAA champion at UCLA. In his rookie year with the Golden State Warriors in the 1974-75 season, Wilkes took home Rookie of the Year honors as he averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game. With Rick Barry the clear leader on that Warriors team…
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