Rhea Basketball player Jordan Wilkerson signs with Walters State

Jordan Wilkerson, surrounded by family signs with Walters State, where he will play basketball while majoring in business management.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Rhea County’s Wilkerson will play at Walters State in 2018-19

April 2018

Evensville, TN —  Rhea County High School senior Jordan Wilkerson signed to continue his education and basketball career at Walters State next year.  Jordan gathered at Rhea County High School with friends, coaches, family, players and school officials to make the announcement official.  Jordan had a fantastic senior season at Rhea County High School in his senior year. Jordan played in 29 games and hit 206 out of 455 baskets, with 76 three point baskets in 224 attempts(33.9%), while pulling down 88 rebounds.  Jordan averaged 18.5 points per game in his senior season.

Jordan said in an interview after the signing “I had a bunch of Division II and NAIA offers but I felt like with my age, a Junior College would help me to develop more and pursue my dream and go to a Division I college.  I am going to study Business Management.”

“Coach Carlyle was such a nice guy.  They lost nine sophomores this year in the program.  He said I come up there, work hard and make a little noise and maybe get to the next level.  Their facilities are the nicest of all the other Junior Colleges.”

“I feel like my shot is good but need to work on my ball handing and mental aspects of the game for the next level.  There is always room for improvement.”

“I began playing basketball in the yard at three, organized ball at around five and began school ball in the 4th or 5th grade and played at Dayton City School.”

“My dad worked with me when I was young and has always been on me.”

Rhea County head coach Daniel Curtis said, “Jordan is a great kid and was instrumental in our success as a basketball team this season.”

Walters State is located in Morristown, Tennessee.  It is  top junior college with very good  facilities.  Head Coach Bill Carlyle is highly respected coach who has coached at Walters State for 41 years.   Cameron Wilkerson (baseball) and Jessee Wallis (girl’s basketball) are presently attending Walters State.  Wilkerson also looked at Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, Bryan College and Tennessee Wesleyan College.

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