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.
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