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Furman Signee Holli Wilkins Named To Atlanta Tipoff Club Metro Player Of The Year Watch List

Jackie Carson
Jackie Carson

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman Paladins' women's basketball signee Holli Wilkins has been named to the Atlanta Tipoff Club Metro Player of the Year Watch List, it was announced today.

Wilkins, a 5-foot-11 forward from Wesleyan School who signed a national letter of intent with the Paladins in early November, is among 30 girls from the metro Atlanta area named to the list, which also includes 30 boys.

The players were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's board of selectors, comprised of leading basketball coaches and administrators from around the region, who based their criteria on player performances last season and expectations for the 2011-12 campaign.

Currently averaging a team leading 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Wesleyan, which is 7-0 and ranked 11th nationally by ESPN, Wilkins helped lead the Lady Wolves to a 31-2 record and 2011 GHSA Class state championship.  She was selected first team all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association (GSWA), GACA, and AJC, and was among five players picked to the 2011 Metro Atlanta Team of the Year (all classifications) by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

An ESPN HoopGurlz three-star recruit rated No. 57 nationally at her position and product of the heralded Georgia Metros summer hoops program, she is the daughter of Gerald Wilkins, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, primarily with the New York Knicks.  Her brother, Damien, played at Georgia, and is currently with the Atlanta Hawks.  Her uncle, Dominque Wilkins, starred for the Atlanta Hawks and is in the NBA Hall of Fame.

Former winners of the Atlanta Tipoff Club metro Atlanta Boy's Player of the Year award include former and current NBA players Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Jodie Meeks, Jarvis Hayes, Dion Glover and Matt Harpring.  Girl's Player of the Year recipients include Maya Moore, Tasha Humphrey, Keisha Brown and Nakia Sanford.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founding during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA's Lew Alcindor won the award in 1969.  Old Dominion's Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women's Naismith Trophy in 1983.

The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men's and Women's College Basketball Player of the Year, Men's and Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.