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LaKendra Wilkerson
LaKendra Wilkerson

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Greensboro, N.C.

High School:
Ben L. Smith H.S.

Height:
5-11

Position:
F

Batchelor on Wilkerson: "Tough, hard-nosed inside-out player that plays with a high energy level and a willingness to do things no one else wants to do to win. She has a tremendous upside due to her fearlessness."

2010-11: Earned place into starting lineup, starting 23 games with 30 appearances overall ... led the team in total rebounds with 120, including 59 offensive boards, averaging four rebounds a game ... scored 3.7 points a contest with 21 total steals ... scored first points on two free throws against UMBC (11/14) ... made first basket against Syracuse (12/1) ... scored eight points with eight boards in first MEAC game against South Carolina State (1/8) ... grabbed nine rebounds with seven points and three steals in home win over North Carolina A&T (2/7), combined with six points and three rebounds against Florida A&M (2/12) to be tabbed MEAC Rookie of the Week ... earned first double-double on road against Morgan State with 10 points and 10 rebounds (2/21) ... scored 14 points with five boards and a pair of steals vs. Bethune-Cookman in Durham (3/5) ... nearly earned second double-double with 11 rebounds and nine points in MEAC Tournament win over Delaware State (3/8).

High School/Club: Earned four letters in basketball, two in volleyball and one in track at Ben L. High School ... Averaged 18.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game ... Named team's Most Valuable Player as freshman (2007) junior (2009) and senior (2010) and Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore (2008) ... Garnered 4-A all-conference accolades as a junior and senior ... Named to News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) All-Area Girls Basketball Team as a junior and senior ...Part of High School Pizza Hut Invitational All-Tournament Team final two years of high school ... Also named 4-A all-conference in track in 2010 ... Played for Greensboro (N.C.) Galaxy Under-17 AAU team ... Team won the 2009 Phoenix Championship and was invited to first-ever Candace Parker Tournament.

Personal: Born May 18, 1992 in Greensboro, N.C. ... Daughter of Samantha and Kennith Wilkerson Sr. ... Has two sisters, Channing Wikerson and Loren Wilkerson-Jones and one brother Kennith Jr. ... Major is Criminal Justice ... Was active in Golden Voice, New Jerusalem Tabernacle Youth Choir and the Ben L. Smith Choir ... Pregame routine includes doing her hair, say the Lord's prayer and drinking Sunny Delight ... Best sports moment was taking four charges against Dudley High School in her senior year ... Most influential person is her mom because she has always encouraged her to do her best ... Best non-athletic accomplishment is graduation high school and attending UMES ... Upon graduation, she plans to work extremely hard to get to the WNBA ... Favorite sayings are "Pain is weakness leaving the body" and "Hand down, man down!" ... Hobbies include sleeping and talking on the phone ... Favorite movie is "Love and Basketball" ... Personal goal for the season is to become the team's best defensive player.

Career Highs
Points: 14 (vs. Bethune-Cookman in Durham, N.C., Mar. 5, 2011)
Rebounds: 11 (vs. Delaware State at MEAC Tournament, Mar. 8, 2011)
Steals: 3 (twice, last: vs. North Carolina A&T, Feb. 7, 2011)
Assists: 1, (10 times, last: vs. Delaware State at MEAC Tournament, Mar. 8, 2011)
Blocks: 1 (vs. Howard, Feb. 26, 2011)
Minutes: 38 (vs. North Carolina A&T, Feb. 7, 2011)