It's no surprise that Darnell Wilks is a Bearcat, but it was a mild
surprise that he became a member of the 2007 recruiting class. Wilks had verbally committed to
The high flier spoke about how he came to
When Wilks arrived on
The 6' 8"/195 pounder knows he needs to add weight to become a better player, and he's already working toward that goal with Bearcat strength and conditioning coach Dave Andrews. "I can already feel myself getting stronger. In high school, I could go into the lane, and I could feel people hitting me. Since I've been in the weight room with Dave, I've been able to take more contact."
Because Darnell still has a lot of weight to add in order to become a bonafide force inside, he's very happy there are teammates with more height to allow him to possibly play some other spots on the floor. "I feel comfortable at the two or three. I need to develop my ball handling and do a little more with my jump shot. Since I've been here, I've worked on my shot, and it's improved. In high school, I played the one through the five so I need to continue developing. Since we have Anthony McClain, I most likely will play more on the outside."
Unlike many high school scorers, Wilks has a reputation as an excellent passer. "In high school, I'd take shots, but it really wasn't something I wanted to do. If I see a man open, I want to get it to him."
The freshman has set some modest goals for himself. "I just want to develop as a player and do what my team needs me to do. I'd like to get some good minutes and help the team win."
Before deciding to become a Bearcat, Darnell wanted to be sure there was enough talent on the roster for the team to have success. "Before I came here, I looked at who else they were recruiting. I saw players that I liked and could see myself playing with. Even in open gyms when the '07 guys are playing against the others, we see ourselves as one of the best classes this school has had."
When asked about his new head coach, Wilks couldn't suppress a smile. "He's a good mentor. He helps you himself and coaches you. He not one of those coaches that leave it all to his assistants."