Ashdown’s Wilkerson, Nelson sign basketball scholarships

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Ashdown senior Lamar Wilkerson signs Monday to play basketball at Three Rivers Junior College in Popular Bluff, Mo.

 

ASHDOWN, Ark. – Fox Sports Texarkana Player of the Year Lamar Wilkerson will be attending Three Rivers Junior College in Popular Bluff, Mo.

Wilkerson signed a basketball letter-of-intent Monday with the Missouri school.

Teammate Notoris Nelson signed Monday to play basketball at National Park College in Hot Springs, Ark..

“Wilkerson took a huge step in the leadership role this past season after we lost key players from the 2019 state championship team,” said Ashdown coach James Smith. “His play checked all the boxes you need from a leader, and had us in position to repeat until his injury.”

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Minus Wilkerson Ashdown struggled

Playing without Wilkerson, the Panthers lost in the 3A Regional Championship game to Centerpoint in overtime, 35-32. Ashdown (17-8) still advanced to state, but minus Wilkerson lost its opener to Drew Central, 41-40.

“I want to play basketball as long as I can,” said the 6-3 Wilkerson. “I want to play Division I, and feel my best chance is to go to junior college. My long range goal is to play overseas, NBA, or whatever. Then I will get my degree in Kinesiology.”

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Notoris Nelson signs with National Park College in Hot Springs.

Nelson bound for Hot Springs college

Smith is quick to praise Nelson’s contributions in 2020.

“Nelson worked hard at improving himself in all phases of the game,” said Smith. “He became the person to control the paint this past season, and kept us very competitive against very good teams.”

The 6-4 Nelson said Hot Springs felt like home, and first-year head coach Dillon Hargrove treated him and his family like family.

“My longtime goal is to play basketball as long as possible, and get a degree in engineering,” said Nelson.