Kawanise "Squeaky" Wilkins of the Barton Community College men's basketball team has been named the week five KJCCC Kansas MTXE Men's Division I Basketball Player of the Week. The award is the second for the Chicago freshman and the fourth award for the Cougar program this season.
For the second straight week Wilkins was a workhorse for the Cougars averaging a double-double in a pair of conference games. Scoring twenty and grabbing eight of his career high sixteen rebounds on the offense glass on Wednesday, Wilkins followed with a sixteen point thirteen rebound effort in Saturday's road win at Independence. Shooting 41% from the floor, the duel threat also knocked down 3-of-6 behind the arc while sinking 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.
A Wilkins three-point bucket to open second half play Saturday carried over the Cougars' first half momentum as Barton would stretch the lead out to twenty-six points in going on for an 80-63 victory. The third straight win on the conference road improved Barton to 6-1 in the Jayhawk and 10-1 on the season heading into the Cougars' remaining two games left on the fall portion of the schedule. The first coming Wednesday in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the Barton Gym hosting Dodge City Community College (3-4, 5-5) with the second coming Saturday at No. 6 Hutchinson Community College.
Shooting over 58% from the field in leading the team in both points (16.6) and rebounds (7.8), Wilkins ranks fifth and fourth respective in Region VI helping the Cougars to a fifth best 91.6 points per game.