Professional Basketball Player
Known for his smooth and steady moves on the basketball court, NBA forward Jamaal “Silk” Wilkes won basketball championships at the scholastic, collegiate and professional levels. As a young man, Wilkes excelled on the school basketball court and at the Ventura Boys & Girls Club, a place he credits as a major factor in his personal development. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles and won two national Collegiate Athletic Association championships. As a Los Angeles Laker for eight years, Wilkes won three NBA championships and was voted to the NBA All-Star Team. Wilkes retired from professional basketball in 1985 and went into private industry.