THE APARTMENTS – After four seasons as an assistant coach on the Georgia Tech basketball team, Anthony Wilkins has been promoted to associate coach for the Yellow Jackets, coach Josh Pastner announced Monday.
Wilkins, 41, joined Tech in June 2018 after spending five seasons with Tulane’s team and made his biggest impact on player and skill development for the Yellow Jackets team.
Recognized as one of the best rising coaches in the country, Wilkins was part of a select group of assistant coaches invited to join the Collegiate Coaching Consortium in April in the Final Four. The National Basketball Coaches Association and Athletic Director U bring together the Division I coaches and athletic directors group in a two-day exercise in professional development and talent identification.
“I am proud of the steps our show has taken to restore the energy and emotion I grew up watching,” Wilkins said. “I am very proud of the progress and excellence that our young people have shown here with us and afterwards. I’m energized to help keep it all moving forward.”
Focusing their on-court efforts with Tech’s offense, the Yellow Jackets made significant strides in their four seasons at The Flats, helping elevate the Jackets to the top half of the ACC in scoring, shooting percentage, three-pointers and ball handling. . In 2020-21, Tech achieved its highest national ranking in offensive efficiency (23rd according to KenPom.com), and its highest ACC rankings in scoring (6th), shooting percentage (2nd), three-point percentage (3rd). ) and lower turnover (3rd). He helped develop the Tech guard ensemble of Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe into two of the ACC’s top 10 scorers over the past two years, and is credited with developing the perimeter skills of Moses Wright, ACC’s 2021 Player of the Year. .
“This is a well-deserved promotion for Anthony, and I’m excited that he’s on our team,” said Pastner. “He has been instrumental in our successes over the past four years, keeping us grounded in our culture and excelling on the court with his training and his ability to develop our players. He will be a head coach in the near future.”
Prior to coming to Tech, Wilkins served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Tulane University, serving as director of basketball operations during his freshman year at Green Wave. At Tulane, Wilkins handled game strategy and scouting responsibilities along with player development and recruiting duties. He also had six years of professional experience before entering the coaching world.
He came to Tulane after serving a stint as director of player development at his alma mater Kent State (2012-13), where he helped guide the Golden Flashes to a 21-14 overall record and an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. . During that season, he completed his bachelor’s degree in communications from Kent State.
Prior to that, Wilkins co-founded and served as an associate coach for the 2011 Stackhouse Elite AAU travel team in Atlanta, and also served as an advisor and coach at the NBA’s Top 100 Camp. His player development track record includes coaching draft-eligible players along with a number of professional players currently playing in the NBA or abroad.
Wilkins began his coaching career after spending six years playing professional basketball in Sweden, Ukraine, Mexico and South Korea. He played in the NBA Development League (now G League) for Fort Worth and Tulsa (2005-06) and Bakersfield (2007-08). Wilkins also attended the Atlanta Hawks Vet Camp in 2005 and played on the organization’s summer league team in 2006.
As a Kent State veteran, Wilkins co-captains the 2002-03 team that went 22-9 and advanced to the NIT. He started in all 31 games and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year, scoring 9.9 points per game and hitting 39% of his three-pointers. As a junior in 2001-02, his Kent State team finished 30-6 and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
Born in Atlanta, Wilkins lived in the city for much of his childhood and attended Therrell High School for two years before finishing his high school education at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
Wilkins (left) was part of a select group of assistant coaches invited to join the Collegiate Coaching Consortium in April at the Final Four.
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