Virginia Basketball: Isaiah Wilkins Brings Flair To Cavaliers

By Gregory Philson
Tony Bennett
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A lot of positive things can be said about the well-designed and efficient Virginia Cavaliers offense. Usually flash and flair is not one of them. That will no longer be the case when uber-athlete Isaiah Wilkins makes his way to Charlottesville for the 2014-15 NCAA basketball season.

Wilkins, the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia, is the son of Dominique Wilkins and has inherited his father’s leaping ability. Scouts look at Wilkins as a superior athlete who can block a jumper on defense, run the floor and finish off an alley-oop in style on the other end.

While coach Tony Bennett‘s system is more about getting the best shot after everybody touches the ball, Wilkins can provide a spark when the offense needs a boost. He also fits the mold on defense because he can defend well and cause havoc with huge blocks and deflections. Most of the talk is about Wilkins’ upside, and with a nice group of returning players at Virginia, he will get plenty of time to learn the schemes and grow as a player.

The key for Wilkins is fitting into the system during offensive plays that need precise cuts and quick passes. He must not try to unleash his athleticism too much or he could disrupt plays. Wilkins should be the game-changer Virginia has not had under Bennett.

Bennett is as good as anyone at getting the most out of his players, and if that holds true for Wilkins, UVA fans will have much to cheer about for the next few seasons.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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