States is a former Acadia Axeman; Wilkie is one of P.E.I.'s top high school players
The UPEI Panthers have added another former Acadia Axemen and one of the province’s top high school players to its men’s basketball team for next season.
Bradley States and Alberton’s Kenan Wilkie have committed to the Panthers for 2014-15. They join former Axemen Tyler Scott as part of this year’s recruiting class.
“As far as we’re concerned, we’ve hit a home run,” coach Tim Kendrick said Monday. “The three guys that we have recruited the hardest, and went after the most, we got them all.”
States is about six-foot-five and can play four positions in the Panthers’ system.
“He’s not going to play the point,” Kendrick said. “He’s athletic as can be, jumps out of the gym, (and is a) very tough, physical
States averaged eight points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals per game last season for the Axemen. He averaged 23 minutes per game in 20 contests.
The Bathurst, N.B., native played two seasons with Scott at Acadia and like Scott is sitting out this season. States is related to Panthers’ assistant coach Lonnie States.
Wilkie is a Grade 12 student
at Westisle, who played at the Canada Games last summer in Sherbrooke, Que.
“I love Kenan’s speed and athleticism,” Kendrick said. “He’s quick athletically, has good ups and can shoot the ball.”
The Panthers will only lose Joe Kendrick due to eligibility after this season while Aaron Robbins will graduate but has a year of eligibility remaining.
Kendrick likes the depth the team will have next season and is not concerned if there is enough shots for everybody.
“I wouldn’t have people here if they don’t buy in . . . team first. They know what our goals are . . . win championships here at UPEI.”
See Wednesday’s edition for more on Wilkie.