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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Dyquavis Wilkins

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Farmville Central's Dyquavis Wilkins, right, scores during a game against North Lenoir on Dec. 27, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Farmville Central senior big man Dyquavis Wilkins is nearing the end of his high school basketball career, with just a trip to the playoffs left between him and graduation. Wilkins spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about his time with the Jaguars and his future.

Q: How did you get started in basketball?

A: “I started in seventh grade and I wasn’t that good. I started going to training and then I got my game right, so I kept playing in ninth and 10h grade.”

Q: Your team is undefeated this season. What has it been like this season?

A: “There’s been ups and downs. We’re just having fun out on the court. We compete in practice and that hard work is what helps us maintain our record.”

Q: You spent your first three years with John Paul II in Greenville. What’s the difference between the two?

A: “There are a lot more stars on this team than at John Paul.”

Q: What has your family been like throughout your career?

A: “They’ve been very supportive. They’ve helped me keep my recruiting options and not just jump on my early offers.”

Q: Speaking of the recruiting process, how has that been for you thus far? 

A: “It’s great. I really like how I’m starting to get looks. I wasn’t able to get those looks at John Paul, so coach (Larry) Williford allowed me to come play over here and get me in front of coaches.”

Q: What offers have you picked up?

A: “I have offers from Lincoln (Ill.), Catawaba Valley and NC Wesleyan. I also have interest from Tusculum (Tenn.) College and Palm Beach (Fla.) State.

Q: Do you believe you’ll stay as a forward in college?

A: “I think I’ll play guard in college due to my size. I played every position at John Paul. I like playing small forward the most.”

Q: If you could give some advice to a younger athlete, what would you tell them?

A: “I’d say stay in the gym and keep your head in the books. You have to stay off the streets. Sometimes it’s easy to get drawn down the wrong the wrong path and get into the streets, but you have to stay in the gym.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR.

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