STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Men’s Basketball Head Coach Billy Gillispie added Kawanise “Squeaky” Wilkins to the Texas roster for the 2021-22 season.
Wilkins, a 6’6,240-pound forward, comes to Tarleton as a graduate transfer after playing for West Michigan where he received his undergraduate degree in sports management.
“I am so happy to have the chance to play for such a legendary coach in Billy Gillispie“Wilkins said.” I am excited to be in a new environment and to help continue to put Tarleton on the map nationwide! “
The Chicago, Illinois native has played 46 games with 20 starts in three seasons for the Broncos. Wilkins averaged 6.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.8 minutes per game during his WMU career.
In 2018-19, Wilkins was one of five Broncos to play in all 32 games with 19 sophomore starts. Wilkins averaged 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 42% from the ground and 74% from the free throw line in his first season at Western Michigan. He played eight double-digit games with a pair of 20-point games and two 10-rebound games while also placing third on the team with 150 rebounds.
Wilkins recorded a career-high 26 points – including 16 in a semi-season – on 10-13 shots against Miami, Ohio in 2019. He recorded his first career double-double as a Bronco with 18 points and 12 rebounds against UC Riverside. Wilkins did a red shirt as a junior in 2019-20 and played 10 games as a junior in a red shirt in 2020-2021.
“Squeaky Wilkins is exactly what we were looking for in recruiting,” said Gillispie. “He has the size, the experience, the leadership, the skills and a desperate desire to win. He should make the game easier for everyone he plays with and more fun for everyone to watch. “glue guy” in several teams that have won at the highest level. With the players we have back and the ones we added, Squeaky is the perfect guy to make it work. We just got lucky ! “
Prior to Western Michigan, Wilkins played for Barton Community College, which attends one of the nation’s leading junior college conferences, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC). In his only season at the BCC, Wilkins averaged 14.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. His performance saw him be named KJCCC Freshman of the Year Division I while also earning All-Jayhawk Conference First Team and All-Region 6 First Team honors.
Wilkins shot 48.9 percent from the ground and knocked down 43 3-pointers this season. He played and started in all 36 games for BCC and recorded 13 double-doubles. Wilkins helped lead Barton to the elite eight of the NJCAA National Championship tournament with a 29-7, 21.5 record in the KJCCC game.
“Squeaky is like an army knife, he can do a multitude of things really well,” said Red Heffernan of Windy City Basketball. “He’s 6’6 but almost like a forward who can shoot, pass and dribble. He’s a very good passer and extremely skillful. Squeaky plays like a coach on the pitch, leading people and putting his teammates in the field. good position. natural born leader and a great young man. Squeaky is a rare transfer graduate who graduated on time, and he will have two years left at Tarleton. Coach Gillispie got a stallion and a diamond at the raw with Squeaky. “
In his prep career, Wilkins played at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago where he averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Wilkins won the first all-city team, the second all-region team and the second all-state team in Farragut.
Wilkins plans to major in sports management while working on his Masters at Tarleton.