11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
An anchor in the middle for Central’s storied “Wonder Team,” Wilkins helped the Dutch basketball squad win an Iowa Conference-record 35 games in a row from 1930-32.
Tiny, a 6’3 center from Morrison, Illinois, led the league in scoring as a freshman in 1928-29. He was an all-Iowa Conference selection in 1930-31 and was also a first-team pick for the Des Moines Register’s all-state team as Central won three straight championships in what was then a 14-team league. The Dutch compiled a 60-6 record in three seasons while Wilkins played.
Wilkins also competed in football and baseball, earning all-conference honors in football in 1930.
He later owned and operated a hardware and appliance business in Ida Grove, Iowa for more than 30 years. He died in 1992.