Men's Basketball

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    Keith Wilkinson
    Keith Wilkinson

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Mission Viejo, Calif.

    High School:
    Capistrano Valley

    Height / Weight:
    6-10 / 225

    Position:
    Forward

    Birthdate:
    05/07/1987

    BREAKDOWN: Keith Wilkinson, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound senior, has an excellent outside shot for a big man. He has the ability to open up the defenses by drawing them out in coverage. He is very active without the ball and makes good decisions. His role on the team has steadily increased since his freshman season.

    2007-08: Appeared in 30 games, making three starts and averaging 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Saw his role increased in the last six games of the season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing more than 19 minutes a game. Grabbed four rebounds or more in nine games. Started the Trojans' opener vs. Mercer on Nov. 10 and had five rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 11 minutes played. Started the Anaheim Classic championship game against then-No. 19 Southern Illinois and had three rebounds and a block in eight minutes. His last start was on Jan. 5 at Stanford and he scored three points, had a block and four rebounds. Had a career-high 11 rebounds on Feb. 21 vs. Oregon in 23 minutes. Scored a season-best seven points on March 3 vs. California. Hit a career-high two three-pointers and finished with six points on March 14 vs. UCLA in the Pac-10 semifinals. Played 21 minutes against Kansas State in the NCAA first-round game and had two points, two rebounds and a steal.

    2006-07: Had five points and seven rebounds and hit his second career three-pointer on Nov. 28 vs. Mississippi Valley State. Scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in 11 minutes of action against Longwood on Dec. 19. Made his first career start in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Classic vs. then-No. 8 Wichita State, scoring four points, grabbing one rebound and hitting two clutch free throws late in the 60-56 win. Started the Pac-10 opener vs. Washington on Dec. 28 and scored five points and pulled down five rebounds in the double-overtime win. Also started on Dec. 30 vs. Washington State and did not score, but grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Hit a clutch three-point shot with USC clinging to a two-point lead late in the 80-73 win vs. Arizona on Jan. 18. Had seven rebounds and two points in 15 minutes against Arizona State on Jan. 20. Started and scored a career-high nine points, grabbed three rebounds and had three assists at Washington on March 1. Had four rebounds and five points, including a three-pointer in the second overtime at Washington State on March 3 which gave USC its last lead. Played more than 10 minutes in all three of USC's NCAA tournament games.

    2005-2006: Appeared in 19 games, all of the bench, and averaged 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Scored his first two points and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes of action vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 30. Scored four points and had two rebounds in win vs. North Carolina A&T on Dec. 23. Came off the bench and played 25 minutes on Jan. 7 at Arizona, scoring a season-best five points, after playing just 31 total minutes in USC's first 14 games. Also hit his first career three-pointer in that game which gave the Trojans a 25-24 lead late in the first half. Had four points and a season-high nine rebounds on Feb. 2 vs. Arizona, while playing a career-high 32 minutes. Made 75.0 percent of his free throws (6-for-8) in his first season.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game for Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., during his senior season. Led his team in rebounding (230) and three-point baskets made (55). Finished second on his team in points (471) and blocks (37). Scored 20 points per game to lead Capistrano Valley to the CIF Div. IIAA semi-finals, where it lost to eventual champion Dominguez, 57-54. Was also a McDonalds All-American nominee. Played for Branch West Team Reebock in the spring and helped lead his team to a 14-2 record in four tournaments. Hit six consecutive three-pointers and finished with 24 points in a 93-59 drubbing of the highly regarded N.Y. Ravens. Also played middle blocker on the Capistrano Valley volleyball team.

    PERSONAL: Wilkinson was born on May 7, 1987. His father, Jerry, is 6-9 and played four years in the NFL for the Rams and Browns. He was drafted by the Rams in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft from Oregon State. Is an undecided major at USC and would like to be an ESPN announcer following his playing career. Not surprisingly, his favorite television show is Sportscenter. List his favorite food as teriyaki steak. Says John Elway is his biggest sports hero.