Rookie of the Year voting begins next week! Before you cast your vote, spend some time getting to know the 12 members of our incredible rookie class. Next up: Jasmyn Wilkins.
Sports Illustrated: Most people know that your dad (Gerald Wilkins) and uncle (Dominique Wilkins) played in the NBA. What was it in a family of professional athletes?
Jasmyn Wilkins: Growing up, it was cool being able to see my dad and uncle kill it at what they did. I got to go to Madison Square Garden when I was young; there’s a picture of me and Charles Barkley from when I was 3. I just saw him at the national championship game the other night. But we were pretty grounded. It’s not like Michael Jordan was over at the house every night.”
SI: You didn't always want to be a model. What did you study in school?
JW: I jumped around with my major! I was premed at Clemson my first two years, then biology, then pre-nursing. I ended up transferring to Georgia State my senior year since it would be easier to do my Miss Georgia USA duties in state. I graduated from Georgia State with a Bachelors in Sociology.
SI: When you're not modeling, what do you enjoy doing?
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JW: I’m pretty boring, actually. I love catching up on my shows; I’m into the Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones now. I’m a really big video game nerd, too. I play a lot of old-school Mario Kart, and I’m randomly really good at Grand Theft Auto.
SI: How about movies. Do you have any all-time favorites?
JW: I have two favorite movies, both that I've loved since childhood and could watch over and over. ET and Fantasia. ET because I am a big Spielberg fan and that movies has everything - Great imagery, excitement and a very cool story line. Fantasia was my first introduction to orchestral music.
SI: I didn't know you were a fan of orchestral music.
JW: Yeah! That movie sparked my interest in joining my school's wind symphony and marching band. I played the sax!
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