BEAUMONT – Lamar University head men’s basketball coach Pat Knight announced Tuesday that former Indiana University teammate Sherron Wilkerson will be an assistant on the Cardinals’ coaching staff.

Wilkerson played professionally for nearly a decade following his college career and has coached at the high school, AAU and college levels. A 1993 McDonalds All-America as a high school senior at Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School, Wilkerson played for the legendary Bob Knight at IU before completing his collegiate career at Rio Grande University.

“It’s important to get people who are loyal and who you can trust,” said Knight. “Sherron was a great teammate and a great player from me in the minor leagues. He is hungry and wants to get into the college game and all that adds up to a great hire.”

During his professional career, Wilkerson played for Pat Knight with the Wisconsin Blast of the International Basketball Association. Wilkerson made several stops throughout Europe before closing out his playing career with BC-Haifa (Israel) in 2004.

Wilkerson coached one season at Indiana University Southeast, helping the Grenadiers to a 21-11 record during the 2010-11 season. He served as the head coach at Indianapolis’ Herron Charter School in 2007-08 and has guided several AAU squads to state prominence.

Wilkerson and his wife Carissa have a 17-year old daughter named Brooke. A 2008 graduate from Indiana, Wilkerson replaces Kenton Paulino on the Lamar coaching staff after the native Californian took a position at Fresno State University.