Feb. 20, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wasn. - Former Western Washington University and Bellingham Slam guard Rico Wilkins has signed a contract to play basketball professionally in Morocco.
Wilkins will be joining Wydad AC, a team located in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city. Founded in 1937, Wydad AC is one of Morocco's most storied basketball clubs and has won 10 Moroccan League championships.
The 5-foot-11 native of Dallas, Texas, completed his rookie season with the Slam last July, helping lead the team to the second of back-to-back International Basketball League championships.
In 2013 Wilkins averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. His scoring ranked him third on an up-tempo Slam team which averaged 125.0 points per game.
Wilkins was particularly impressive in the Slam's two games in the IBL playoffs, where he put up a combined 51 points and was the runner-up for Championship game Most Valuable Player honors.
At the conclusion of the season, Wilkins was named the IBL's Sixth Man of the Year by the basketball website USbasket.com, becoming the first Bellingham player to earn that award.
Prior to joining the Slam, Wilkins competed for three seasons at Western Washington University, helping the Vikings win the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2012 as a junior, before reaching the national quarterfinals as a senior.
Three Vikings Named to NABC Honors Court
WWU Men's Basketball earns the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for team GPA over 3.0
Stafford Dominating Seattle's Crawsover Pro-Am
2016-17 GNAC Player of the Year is averaging 34.0 points per game
Vikings Add Pair of Transfers from Cerritos College
Tyler Payne and Micah Winn set to join WWU for 2017-18 season after standout careers at Cerritos College
Stafford to Play Professionally in Iceland
Feature story on Taylor Stafford in the Western Front
Parker and Stafford to Play for Bellingham Slam
WWU basketball standouts to play in 2017 Seattle Pro-Am League
2016-17 Men's Basketball Season in Review
The Vikings won the GNAC Regular-Season and Conference Tournament Title
Taylor Stafford To Play Professionally in Iceland
Stafford was the 2016-17 GNAC Player of the Year and a First Team All-American
Alumni Edge Slam in Back 2 Bellingham Battle
David Gage and Anye Turner combine for 60 points for the WWU Alumni squad
Alumni Men's Basketball Game Set for Saturday
Former WWU basketball players will take the court in an exhibition game vs. the Bellingham Slam
Men's Basketball Banquet To Celebrate Season
GNAC champion Vikings will hold 2016-17 banquet May 2 at Bellingham Golf & Country Club
WWU is 14th in Division II All-Sports Standings
WWU's men's and women's basketball programs gather points by advancing to the NCAA Tournament
Stafford Scores 12 Points in D2 All-Star Game
Taylor Stafford represents WWU in Reese's Division II All-Star Game
Watch Taylor Stafford in D2 All-Star Game
Stafford will play for the East squad in the Reese’s® Division II College All-Star game tonight in Sioux Falls, SD
Taylor Stafford Named First Team All-American
Stafford becomes third player in WWU men’s basketball history to earn first-team All-America status
Stafford & Parker Named NABC All-West Region
Stafford (1st team) and Parker (2nd team) earn All-West Region honors for the Vikings