Major interest continues for five-star Kris Wilkes

  • 04/30/2015 8:58 am in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The class of 2017 is shaping up to be a good one in Indiana and Kris Wilkes, a 6-foot-7 wing from North Central, may be at the forefront.

Wilkes is rated the No. 19 prospect nationally in the 2017 class by the 247Composite and earlier in the year, ranked him the No. 68 prospect in high school regardless of class.

As a sophomore at North Central, Wilkes helped lead the Panthers to a 16-6 record while averaging 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 58 percent shooting.

This spring, he’s once again starring for the Under Armour sponsored Indy Hoosiers team that also features Southport guard Paul Scruggs. Through seven UA Association circuit games, Wilkes leads the Hoosiers in scoring (13.0 ppg) and is second in rebounding (4.6 rpg).

And as a result of his strong play both during the high school season and thus far in AAU, he continues to pick up interest from many of the nation’s top schools.

“I think I upgraded on a couple of things (in the last year),” Wilkes said on Saturday. “I handled the ball more and attacked more.”

The early offer list for Wilkes is an impressive one.

Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Kansas, Butler and Illinois have all offered scholarships and Michigan is also expressing strong interest. Kentucky and Ohio State watched him over the weekend at the UA Association stop at the MidAmerica Basketball Center in Louisville.

The Hoosiers were the first school to offer Wilkes and he’s already taken several unofficial visits to Bloomington. This past season, he was in Assembly Hall for IU’s 70-67 win over Michigan.

“I just know it’s crazy (there). The crowd is great,” he said of the IU atmosphere. “All the fans come and support (the team).”

Wilkes said he also attended games at Ohio State and Butler this past season and added that he could visit Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State soon.

For now, however, his focus remains on growing his game and also attempting to get stronger.

“I’m 6-7 and 184 pounds. It’s a little bit hard (to put on weight),” he explained with a smile. “I eat a lot, but it doesn’t show. But I’m lifting weights, so hopefully I can get bigger.

“I need to get bigger, rebound more and get my jump shot better.”

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  • Hoosierkamp

    go get em crean (and martin)

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I like his use of the pump fake. With several big men trying to swat the shot into the third row rather than stretching their +5 wingspan to the sky, the pump fake is so simple and effective. Blackmon and Noah Vonleh need to take notes. One power dribble, one good pump fake, get the shot you want and make the and one.

  • sd chuck

    We need to keep him here, need to be all in on him!

  • IU track Alumni

    I’m sure we will here a lot more of this kid. He’s a consensus top 20 player in his class and will be wanted by everyone. Glad we are on him early.

  • John D Murphy

    Seems like the 2016 Recruiting board needs to be launched…

  • Hoosier Pride

    IMO, and probably a lot of others, Wilkes and Scruggs are must gets in this class. The Indiana 2017 class is looking pretty good with these two and Jaren Jackson. Need to keep these guys in state (bloomington).

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Reel this kid in, future NBA player right there!! GO HOOSIERS!!

  • IUBizmark

    But can he dunk?

  • kennygeorge

    Easy to get excited over the young men being looked at and offered in the 16 and 17 classes. That coupled with current group, continuity looks to be improving and that gets me excited. Wish cbb was longer, tho I’m certain the young men need some time off. Want to wish all my fellow HOOSIERS a safe and happy month of MAY.

  • marcusgresham

    As much as Crean loves his wings, he’s not had a really highly rated one like this kid is. (Let that sink in: of the 5 McDonald’s All-Americans Crean, the guy who “doesn’t recruit big men,” has brought to IU, 3 of them are post players and the other two are guards.)
    Williams would have to be the highest rated, and look at the progress he has made. This kid could get really good very quickly.

  • hoosier93

    Billy Donovan to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m happy as long as CTC does NOT go after 7-3 Bol Riek! LOL!

  • hoosier93

    Alright. Must not be much of a shooter at the moment but he still has a couple years.

  • hoosier93

    7-3 you say? Sign him up.

  • hoosier93

    I don’t want Gordon anyways. Not line he’s going to even be a tenth of Eric. Evan might as well have not been his brother.

  • TomJameson

    Are his growth plates still open? lol

  • ForeverIU

    He is already signed up, a permanent fixture of our team you might say, and his name is Goal Post!

  • Rob

    Tom Crean would be a wonderful replacement.

  • marcusgresham

    Bol Bol, on the other hand….That kid’s gonna be a monster.

  • dwdkc

    Not the right time. downvote

  • hoosier93

    You can actually down vote on Disqus.


    Need to make sure to keep this young man is still playing bball in this state after his senior year of high school, and I don’t mean anywhere North of B-town either.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    IU had 2 lottery pix, multiple late year players & lost in the sweet 16 when ranked #1, what makes any of you think next years team will have more success? Is it the LSD, shrooms, or ecstasy, cuz if that is your reality then you probably believe the USA media on a daily basis. Come on, you all saw the ball go off Winslow’s finger with 1:28 to go in the championship game this year. Seriously, the refs now change the entire flow of a game. Happened when Valentine called 3 fouls on Calbert years ago in the Final 4. IU WILL B fun to watch, but CTC runs the circus, he will never be a CEO like Krzyzewski.

  • marcusgresham

    One less SEC team to compete with Kentucky