Wilkes is a versatile big man who can play near the basket or step out for a long-distance shot ... a good shot-blocker with his seven-foot frame ... along with 7-3 Max Zhang, gives the Bears the first set of seven-foot teammates in school history ... attended the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in 2006 ... younger brother of former Cal guard Omar Wilkes and son of ex-NBA star Jamaal Wilkes.
As a Sophomore in 2007-08: Wilkes returned to the lineup after a medical hardship season in '06-07 when he missed the entire campaign with a preseason left knee injury (partially torn patella tendon) ... saw action in 25 games for the Bears ... finished with six points and six rebounds in Cal's win at Nevada Nov. 28 ... chipped in with seven points vs. Long Beach State, making all three of his field goal attempts, including a three-pointer ... also made three-pointers vs. Southern Miss, USC and Oho State ... snared seven boards to go with four points and four assists against Jackson State Dec. 5 ... sat out the Arizona State and Arizona games at home Jan. 17-19 with a sprained ankle.
As a Freshman in 2005-06: Jump-started his Cal career by scoring 11 points (5-6 FG) - all in the first half - in the Bears' season-opener at Eastern Michigan ... added five points in back-to-back games vs. Long Beach State and Northern Colorado ... sprained his right ankle in practice and missed four straight games from Nov. 30 through Dec. 10 ... sank all four of his free throw attempts at Arizona State ... played 14 minutes in consecutive contests vs. Washington State, at Oregon State and at Oregon ... had eight points and four boards at OSU ... sank a three-pointer in the first half of Cal's Feb. 18 home date vs. Arizona State.
High School: Rated the No. 7 prep center in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 76 overall recruit by The Sporting News ... as a senior, led Loyola HS to a 22-7 record and an 11-1 mark in the Mission League ... scored 29 points in a first-round playoff win over La Palma Kennedy HS ... averaged 20 ppg, 10 rpg and 4 bpg in earning league MVP and All-CIF honors ... poured in 16.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 4.0 bpg per game as a junior to claim second team All-CIF accolades ... shot 60.6 percent from the floor (197-325) and 81.1 percent from the free throw line (60-74) that season.
Personal: Jordan Keith Vernon Wilkes ... born Aug. 10, 1987, in Santa Monica, Calif. ... parents are Jamaal and Valerie Wilkes ... father starred at UCLA and in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers ... older brother is former Cal guard Omar Wilkes, who graduated from Cal in June 2007 ... also has a sister, Sabreen, who attended UCLA ... social welfare major.