Bobby Wilkerson at Indiana Univ.

March 13, 2012

Princess Anne, Md. -- Bobby Wilkerson, a former head coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 21 at the Primo Banquet Hall in New Castle, Ind. Wilkerson served as head men's basketball coach at UMES during the 1991-92 season, and won a national championship as a player for Indiana University.

Wilkerson was a member of the 1976 Indiana University Hoosiers team that compiled a 32-0 record, and went on to win the NCAA Championship that same year. Indiana was the last NCAA team to finish the regular season undefeated and win the national championship in the same year.

Wilkerson played under Bob Knight, Indiana's longest serving coach (1971-2000), who led the Hoosiers to three national championships in his 29 year career. Knight is second among the NCAA All-Time Most Wins with 902 in his career.

At that time, Wilkerson was a senior guard from Anderson, Indiana that had a notable all-around game that greatly benefited the Hoosiers. Wilkerson played at Indiana from 1973 until 1976 when he was drafted in the first round (11th overall) of the National Basketball Association draft by the Seattle Super Sonics.

In his seven seasons in the league Wilkerson was a dual position threat in the NBA as a small forward and shooting guard. He played with four teams total with his longest stint being with the Denver Nuggets from 1977-1980. He also played for the Chicago Bulls before finishing his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He scored 5,424 points, an average of 10.1 points per game, 2,236 rebounds (4.2 rpg) and dished out 1,835 assists (3.4 apg).

Wilkerson served as head coach for one season (1991-92) at UMES. Before being named interim head coach Wilkerson served as first assistant under then head coach Bob Hopkins, before working alongside incoming head coach Robert Chavez.

A limited number of seats remain with an expected crowd of over 1,000. The dinner is scheduled for 6:00 PM at a cost of $50 for adults. Reservations can be made by calling (765) 529-1891. An open reception will take place at the Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on March 23.



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