Five-star Kris Wilkes trims list to five schools

  • 08/14/2016 3:34 pm in

One of Indiana’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2017, North Central forward Kris Wilkes, has narrowed down his recruitment from 11 schools to five.

Wilkes, a five-star prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, is now down a list that includes Indiana, Xavier, Illinois, UCLA and UConn.

The six schools eliminated from Wilkes list are Butler, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Washington and Arizona. Wilkes had previously planned to take an official visit to North Carolina.

Wilkes has an official visit scheduled to UCLA in September.

The 6-foot-8 forward 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.

Wilkes averaged 22.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a junior for North Central.

Paul Scruggs, an AAU teammate with Wilkes on the Indy Hoosiers, has four schools in common with Wilkes on his list of finalists: Indiana, Xavier, Illinois and UConn.

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  • TomJameson

    Bill, I think you’re right about JBJ leaving IU after this season. If he stays healthy all year, is very productive offensively, and steps up his defense to be average,,, then his stock may go up enough to pull him to the NBA. IMO the only thing that is a question mark there is his health, but his injury has been a long time healing, and he’s been practicing on it for quite a while now. So, maybe a small question mark. But you can never tell. If he’d only go in the 2nd round, would it be enough for him? I think it will, but again, you never know.

    Guards we should have in the 2017-18 season. Not listing walk-ons:
    Curtis Jones (So), James Blackmon Jr (Sr), Rob Johnson (Sr), Devonte Green (So), Josh Newkirk (Sr), Grant Gelon (So)

    6 guards — JBJ goes to NBA leaving 5 guards — Say GG isn’t a rotation player yet leaves 4 guards.

    My point is that IMO there will be plenty of room for Scruggs, regardless of JBJs decision about the NBA. I say they both should come to IU

  • IUBizmark

    Haha. Haters have no answer for this.

  • pcantidote

    So, in summary, you came here to tell me that Kris has a right to say whatever he wants, and then proceed to tell me what I should be saying in response. See the hypocrisy there? How about you go pour yourself a nice warm glass of STFU and go about your day?

  • IUBizmark

    A lot of people debating our in-state recruiting success. One opinion I’d like to share no matter which side of the debate you’re on is that by recruiting these in-state kids early, Crean also benefits from “the deterrent effect.” Most of these kids that he recruits very early end up at IU. Those that don’t seem very unlikely to attend another Big Ten school. The exceptions seem to be MSU since Izzo has had so much success lately and, I speculate, also because of the amicable relationship between Izzo and Crean.

    Anyone else have thoughts on this? I don’t recall losing many big name in-state recruits who we recruited for 4+ years to the likes of Purdue, Michigan, Illinois, OSU, etc. in the Crean era.

  • pcantidote

    There are just some jerks out there like Kris that went “all in” on their anti CTC hatred and advocating for him being fired, and then were flat out embarrassed by the outright B1G title, and now, as you say, look for anything to save face including a stubbed toe.

  • IUBizmark

    Blackmon has had 2-3 significant knee injuries. Since the NBA drafts on potential, that will be a factor no matter how awesome he does this season.

    As for Scruggs and the guards you mentioned, I’m not sure I follow. Scruggs is a PG and CuJo is really a PG. RoJo is currently more of a SG, but the transition to PG is supposedly imminent. So this would mean even more competition for playing time for Scruggs.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    really surprised not to see unc in the mix anymore. but now all the most recent crystal ball predictions (aside from AB, who last updated on 8/1) have him going to UCLA. how friggin frustrating is that!

  • Donnie Vick

    Crean really can’t be criticized fairly for his recruiting, even his in-state recruits. Everyone was thrilled when the Movement came in with Yogi. How’d that turn out? A bunch of Indiana kids went up in smoke on us. He brings in out-of-state kids that appreciate being at IU like Vic, Bryant and OG and they turn into superstars. You can criticize his x’s and o’s, although I think we saw last year improvement in that area, but to be critical of his recruiting prowess is ridiculous.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    CTC started early on TL, who as we all know decommitted. and i seem to recall he started in on GH pretty darn early. however, based on some of the quotes post-commit, loyalty and consistent communication do seem to play a factor. that, and of course whether or not pUKe or dook offer a scholly. my dream is that one day this isn’t a factor. IU has a chance to take a step closer to that reality if they hit a home run with this class.

  • jimmygoiu

    Not everyone was thrilled with the Movement commits at the time. Jurkin was a reach that hyperCrean accepted a commit from before his jr year. I had seen Ron Patterson numerous times in hs and was frankly dismayed that CTC accepted. I was wrong on Hollowell, as I really saw him as a legit B1G player. JH averaged 14..5 and 6 at Georgia State, so he is pretty good. Perrea, I think most thought he was better than he turned out to be. Had hyperCrean waited on Jurkin and Patterson, maybe we end up with Harris and McGary, or do not have to run off one of the transfers. CTC just can’t help himself sometimes, and we end up with players like Jurkin, Bawa Minuru, April, Priller, Gelon and others. Then IU does not have a schollie available for a Harris, Irvin or McGary.

  • IUBizmark

    I have high hopes that with a deep tournament run this season our recruiting will take another step forward and put us in the top 5 destinations for the top recruits.

  • Donnie Vick

    That’s not what I recall at the time. A recruiting class doesn’t just get a nickname. Patterson was so terrible that Jimmy B and the Cuse wanted him. Jurkin got hurt. Coaches can’t predict that and he was a top 150 guy. Bawa was in the early days of Crean’s tenure when he was just looking for warm bodies. Why would you put Gelon in this group of failed players, when he has not even suited up one time for the Hoosiers? Did you consider OG a wasted offer? How about Hartman? I know I considered that a mistake before his sophomore campaign but I was wrong.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    It would be awful if we lose Scruggs and Wilkes to Illinois.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice!

  • Bill Graham

    I see Scruggs as a combo guard. Yes he has the PG skill set but I think he’d be comfortable playing the 2-3 until RJ and Josh graduate.

  • Bill Graham

    I completely agree thats why I’m not excited about guys like Durham, Deng, and Smith…now with that said every now and then he ends up with an O.G. b/c he takes risks…but if you put 5 players ranked below 100 on the floor…unless your name is St Marys or Wichita State its going to be hard to win.

  • b_side

    “Fact – The only coach EVER to have 2 of the top 5 picks in the NBA draft and not AT LEAST make it to the Final Four.”

    This is pure fiction. Off the top of my head, I can name the 2002 Duke team (with Jay Williams and Dunleavy who lost to us in the Sweet 16) as well as the 2010 UK team with Wall and Cousins (lost in the Elite 8) as two teams who did not make it to the Final Four.

    Both of those squads had 5-6 NBA players on their roster in total.

  • Indiana_Banners

    So people reading his opinion can’t make their own opinions? Anyone who agrees with pcantidote of their own volition is a lemming then, I guess? That’s not a very smart opinion… It’s a pretty dumb take honestly.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Wilkes is a 6’6″ wing which is undersized for the pros. He doesn’t have much of a shot to be one and done unless he’s phenomenally skilled.

  • SilentBob

    Damn, and here I’ve been on my iPhone, without a mouse to hover over, actually thinking there was someone else out there who agreed with him. Lol

  • Kris Kompute

    Dunleavy and Williams won a national championship in 2001.

    Forgot about Wall and Cousins. You’re correct. Change Final Four to Elite 8.

  • Kris Kompute

    Two 18 year olds? How about 20.

    The man can’t recruit in-state. And can’t win in March with the kids he does get.

    He’s mediocre. Period.

  • Kris Kompute

    Obviously you find facts dumb.

  • Kris Kompute

    I haven’t called anyone a name, you call me a moron. Yet, I’m childish and nonsensical?

    Got it.

  • BMusic

    Obviously you have a different definition of “facts.”

  • BMusic

    Also: not allowed to clap for the players. Skin must be pale. Must not be overtly religious. Must not be overtly non-religious. Must be clear and expansive in press conferences. Must not lose players via transfer. Must be able to predict which players will enter NBA draft early so as to never over- or under-sign recruits. Every player on roster must be regular-rotation B1G-level talent.

  • b_side

    Sounds to me like those lottery picks needed the senior leadership of Shane Battier. They weren’t top 5 picks in 2001 after all. So my point still stands.

    Wiggins and Embid didn’t get Kansas passed the second round.

    The bottom line is there are too many variables at play. Embid was injured. Well so was Verdell in 2011, Jordy in 2013 and RJ/Morgan/Hartman last season. You make a zero sum argument full of holes.

  • TomJameson

    I think RJ is a more natural 2-guard rather than the PG. I also think that Scruggs is a more natural PG who can score, more like Ulis and/or Yogi. Don’t think that RJ and Scruggs will be bumping heads.

  • jimmygoiu

    Jurkin was NOT very good his soph summer when CTC offered and he accepted. The problem is, Crean is throwing out way too early offers to reaches/hopefuls. Jurkin did not warrant an early offer. Gelon the same thing. CTC offered/accepted without ever seeing GG in a high school game. Sometimes, hypoerCrean just can’t help himself, and it results in oversigns when it is not necessary. I would love to have that scholarship available now for Scruggs, Wilkes, Smith, Waters, etc. But GG already has it.

    Patterson was just stronger than other guards his age-and I called that when I watched him as a junior, and lamented his offer from IU. Hartman I had seen many times and was fine with that offer. Hartman knew how to play bball in high school, and has proved it with the Hoosiers. The OG and JM offers I was fine with, as both were viewed as athletic and 6’8. I am also fine with Devonte Green, although he is not highly ranked, you could see that he has multiple skills.

    Bawa and April and Jurkin can’t play at D1 level. Priller has one skill. GG has one skill. IU never should have offered/signed them, especially BEFORE GG’s senior year began.

  • jimmygoiu

    The nickname was given to that class by none other than Ron Patterson’s mother! If you look at some of the games in Zeller’s freshman year, you can see her at the game behind the bench. piece of work to put it mildly. NO, the national recruiting gurus did not name “the Movement”, but Ms Patterson did, and even had a T shirt made to proclaim it. LOL

  • straight no chaser

    I didn’t say you can’t express your opinion, but if your opinion is just to block someone, then you have no right to that opinion. You can just block them if you want. If you announce it to us, then you should expect to be called out on it.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    This is a silly tangent.
    1) Do not fire a coach who has won 2 conference titles in 4 years with a roster than has plenty of talent
    2) Block (and announce your snarky intention block) whoever you want to
    3) It’s a comments section on the Internet. Even on a site so venerable as ITH, we must expect at least some puzzling, incendiary and bombastic statements on every story.

  • kaponya44

    Hey Kompute, how about you show us what you;re made of and support those remarks ..with something that is not far out ,hilarious , and revealing of some personal agenda..You’re on the clock buddy 😉 If he can’t do that much throw his posts in the “joke” pile,laugh,and move on .LOL