RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Athletics mourns the loss of Hall of Fame inductee Charles Wilkins, who passed away Friday at the age of 70.
A Richmond native and Maggie Walker High School graduate, Wilkins transferred to VCU from Fayetteville State in 1968 and starred for the Rams for three seasons. Wilkins, affectionately referred to as "Jabo", is the only player in program history to average better than 20 points per game in three consecutive seasons, and his 23.8 career points per game average is still a school record. In 1969-70, Wilkins averaged 27.5 points and 16.6 rebounds per game, both program records. In 72 career games, Wilkins scored 1,716 points, which now ranks fourth all-time.
He scored a VCU-record 45 points against West Liberty State on Dec. 20, 1968, a mark which still stands. Wilkins also dropped 40 on Virginia Union in 1970-71. Wilkins scored 12 points and helped lead VCU to a landmark 63-56 victory over Minnesota at Franklin Street Gym on Dec. 28, 1970.
Wilkins was inducted into the VCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Visiting hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at Congleton Funeral Home and Cremations Chapel (3205 E. 10th Street) in Greenville, N.C.