Five-star forward Kris Wilkes trims list to 11 schools

  • 08/01/2016 9:22 am in

One of Indiana’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2017, North Central forward Kris Wilkes, has started to narrow the focus in his recruitment.

Wilkes, a five-star prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, announced that he’s down to 11 schools on Sunday.

The schools are, in no particular order: Indiana, Xavier, Butler, UCLA, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Washington, Arizona and UConn.

Wilkes has already set dates for official visits to North Carolina (Aug. 26-28) and UCLA (Sept. 22-24).

Notable schools missing from his list are Kentucky, which didn’t offer a scholarship and in-state schools Purdue and Notre Dame.

Wilkes had a busy summer with the Indy Hoosiers, an Under Armour sponsored grassroots program. He also tried out for the USA Basketball U18 team, was a core Indiana Junior All-Star, attended Steph Curry’s camp in California and participated in the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte.

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    well for what it’s worth, iu is leading the crystal ball predictions once again.

  • TomJameson

    Just my opinion, but fwiw, the crystal ball predictions aren’t worth much except for maybe a few days before the recruit commits. Otherwise, it’s just a guess for most of those guys. I’m sure there are a few that really are “in the know” for certain recruits, but I still just lump all those predictions into the same hat. 🙂

  • N71

    I’m knocking on wood so I don’t jinx things but without Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke, or Kansas I like our odds although UNC is a viable threat. With UNC’s academic fraud issues and Williams age I could see a little shine coming off that apple. We need Kris, he’s from a strong Indiana high school program, and playing with Paul Scruggs may be appealing (I knocked on wood again not to jinx the Paul situation). He’d be a great addition to the program. Some of the other schools are nice options but not a better fit than IU.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    right, it’s not an exact science. and IU’s certainly been on both the winning and losing end of recruits not going where predicted. it does make me feel better about wilkes and tucker though. picturing those guys with a senior RJ, a junior JM, a soph CJ, and a soph D’RD. i hate to sound too optimistic, but it kinda feels like this program is on the precipice of sustained success. we just need a few key pieces to fall into place. i’m talking both recruiting and the team’s success this season. imagine if we land KW and JT, and get past the sweet 16 this season (i don’t think final 4 is out of the question at all). that would be huge! and it’s entirely feasible imho.

  • SilentBob

    This classes strength is its depth of quality wings. If we could land two of the following; Wilkes, Tucker, Walker, Diallo, or Samuels, then I’ll be about the happiest Hoosier fan around.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    looking like PS is a lock for xavier. when the heck did they become such a popular landing spot?

  • N71

    Yeah, Sport247 makes it appear that way and it may be true, not certain. It makes you wonder, does Paul think Indiana is not as interested and his opportunity is not that attractive at IU, Xavier is emerging as a midwest Gonzaga (thought Butler had that title), the Sport247 contributors are just wrong…not certain but I agree, when the heck did they become such a popular landing spot. Trevon probably doesn’t hurt their story. Also, downtown Cincinnati is starting to suck less.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Ill get excited when he signs that loi

  • inLinE6

    If you remember Goodluck Okonoboh and Devin Robinson, you know the crystal ball won’t matter even hours before their announcement.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    that’s good to hear about downtown cincy, sucks they’ve become a serious contender for some of the regional talent. maybe the guard situation is more favorable at xavier next year? we’ll have RJ, cujo, DG, and AD coming back (can’t imagine JBJR sticks around).

  • Bill Graham

    So this might echo some other posts…but lets celebrate the fact that Coach Cal is and Coach K are going to have to watch Wilkes dunk on their teams… Also the fact that he has 4 BIG schools, Butler, and Xavier makes me think a part of him wants to be close to home…Just really really hoping he doesn’t go to Washington…I know they aren’t in our conf…but Fultz + both porter boys + Wilkes + Davis = big problems for everyone else…but then again… Newkirk, Johnson, Jones, Wilkes, and Davis would be a nasty starting 5.

  • Bill Graham

    We have to replace TB though…I feel at ease knowing we will (most likely) have Davis…but I’d still like a true 5…

  • SilentBob

    A 6’9 body with his frame, length, and skill set can make a high quality big at the college level, especially in today’s game. A “clean up the garbage” junior Juwan Morgan will also be a big time asset at the four and help De’Ron take care of business down low. Who knows if OG will be around. I agree we need to add a quality big this class, just think locking up the wings is more important with the departure of Hartman and possibly OG a year after losing Troy.

    Unless we want Curtis and Rob logging heavy minutes at the three, then we better get a move on these lanky and heavily skilled wings.

  • Alex Cutler

    Fultz wont be there

  • Bill Graham

    Very well said. So out of the crew you mentioned who would be the best get in your opinion?

  • Bill Graham

    Ya he’ll be off to the NBA but crazier things have happened. Marcus Smart played 2 seasons and he’s very similar to Fultz.

  • SilentBob

    That’s a rude question to ask someone Bill lol. I don’t enjoy tough questions. But I’ll say this, Walker has struck me as the most skilled, and he also comes with a very durable and college ready body. And he honestly kills three birds with one stone, gives us another ball handler, reinforces our three point ranks, and can guard the 3 spot. Out of simple fit, he would make the most sense, but with the way the recruiting board is stacked, it seems Alex finds him one of the more less likely options.

  • Bill Graham

    I agree I also like Tucker for his versatility, but I’m always in favor of big physical guards.

  • SilentBob

    Tucker is a stud, and I dream of an offensive pairing of him and Langford in 18. I’ll put Samuels in that boat too. He is an absolute monster at attacking the rim. Some work with our coaching staff would turn him into the complete package. I know I’ve been giving him high praise out the rear lately, but I’m not the only one. Kansas and Duke both have jumped in the mix this week.

    He’s smart too. In a recent interview with scout he basically says, “what I look for in a school is a place Id want to be if I wasn’t playing basketball. But at the same time I want to go to a place that will get me to the NBA, but I don’t just want to get there. I want my name to stick. I want to be on billboards.”