Recruiting roundup: Wilkes finalizes official visit schedule

  • 08/30/2016 8:33 am in

Class of 2017 North Central forward Kris Wilkes now has dates set for all five of his official visits.

The five-star prospect announced a finalized schedule for official visits via his Twitter account on Monday afternoon. Here’s the schedule:

– Illinois (Sept. 9-11)
– UCLA (Sept. 22-24)
– Indiana (Sept. 30-Oct. 2)
– Xavier (Oct. 28-30)
– UConn (Nov. 4-6)

Wilkes is ranked the No. 17 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite. As a junior at North Central, he averaged 22.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Four-star point guard lists Indiana among finalists

Class of 2017 St. Benedict’s Preparatory School guard David Beatty trimmed his list from eight to five on Monday and Indiana made the cut.

Beatty, a 6-foot-3, 195 pound guard, is considering Georgetown, Indiana, La Salle, Maryland and UConn.

The three schools trimmed from Beatty’s list were UCLA, Virginia and Temple. He told SNY.tv last month that he plans to take an official visit to Bloomington this fall.

Beatty is ranked the No. 125 player nationally in the 247Composite and is considered a four-star prospect. He had a strong spring and summer with Philly Pride on the Under Armour Association circuit. In 12 UA Association circuit games, Beatty averaged 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Tucker trims to eight

Class of 2017 wing Jordan Tucker, who recently announced that he will transfer from Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) to Wheeler (Ga.) for his senior season, has a list of finalists.

The 6-foot-7 Tucker, who has already taken an unofficial visit to Indiana, is down to Arizona, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse, USC and Villanova. Duke has not offered a scholarship.

Tucker visited Bloomington back in the spring following the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League stop in Westfield.

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    so much potential with this class, we gotta cash in. would love to have both these kids, along with TW

  • Ole Man

    Not liking that Xavier and UConn visits are after his IU visit.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i wouldn’t read into that too much, probably more related to convenience than anything. and seems like i heard there was a football game during each of those visits

  • hardly

    Not liking that UCLA is before IU…he may never come back.

  • N71

    If we land just 2 of these guys it will take a ton of pressure off DeRon come his sophomore year. Otherwise teams will just collapse in on him.

  • inLinE6

    We were scheduled as later visits by some recruits in the past, and guess what happened? They committed somewhere else before even seeing us. Most recruits schedule based on their interest level. If you are not too concerned about Illinois or UCLA, then I’m not too concerned about Xavier or UConn either. Noah Vonleh had a full schedule to visit but committed to us on his first stop.

  • Arch Puddington

    For IU’s sake this is not quite ideal, but for his sake this is exactly the right thing to do. I am amazed that not all recruits take advantage of their five officials. Having just completed a 3 year process of visiting schools for my now college-age sons, I not only found the visits to be informative and important, but enjoyable. My kids are not elite athletes, but they are both high-achieving students who won full “cost of attendance” scholarships, and visiting some of the great institutions in the country was thrilling. Some had great appeal right from the start, others were clearly not right. In the end both chose a place based on good information, and it was worth every trip we took to figure it all out. If they had been athletes, we would have taken full advantage of five paid visits, and I can’t even begin to understand why so many don’t.

    I respect the Wilkes family’s process. I hope they enjoy it all and then pick IU.

  • IUBizmark

    Priorities for me: 1. Kris Wilkes/Jordan Tucker 2. Paul Scruggs (unlikely)/Tremont Waters 3. Brandon Huffman

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congratulations to your kids (and to you!) on earning the scholarships. As someone who will likely be paying student loans for the better part of 20’s and 30’s, that’s a huge deal!

  • CreamandCrimson

    You are correct…Illinois hosts North Carolina on September 10, UCLA hosts Stanford on the 24th, IU hosts Michigan State on October 1 (homecoming for Hoosiers), Xavier doesn’t have a football team and UConn hosts Temple on November 4.

    I have no clue why I felt the need to take two minutes to look that up because I am sure the opponents don’t matter but, in case anyone cared, there it is!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    hey CnC, i care buddy. so thank you

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i really like that list too

  • Arch Puddington

    Thanks. It was great when our first son won his scholarship, and almost too much to be believed when our second did as well. Such awards come down to such tiny factors between qualified candidates as to be almost arbitrary. Lots of extremely talented kids don’t win a thing, and we know we were extremely fortunate.

    Now back to IU hoops….

  • SilentBob

    I like that, but I don’t see the need for the slashes hahaha. That’s my top 5 in order if ya take them away. At least of players we seem to be in decent standing with.

  • Bill Graham

    Follow me on this one

    Suppose I’m out of town. And I call my wife from my hotel room.

    Say I spend 5 mins talking to her about how much I like her family (bahaha..shhh)
    Say I spend another 5 mins talking to her about how much I like her cooking (lol)
    Say I spend another 5 talking about how much I love her hair
    And finally say I spend the last 5 talking about how much I love her makeup…

    ….After that conversation which detail is going to be the most vivid in her mind? You may be tempted to say, “Well the one that meant the most to her”
    wrong…
    Its actually the last one.

    There is scientific evidence that proves that studying before sleep helps on morning tests…and it has everything to do with it being fresh in your mind. The last memory is always the most vivid. For instance we remember the taste of our last meal more vividly than ones we had a week ago…

    Well Wilkes is ending his visits with UCONN for dessert. And it will have been nearly a month since he last tasted IU…My point is this if we want this kid. We need to get him on campus again (maybe an unofficial- the purdue game, hoosier hysteria- heck I dont care) but we can’t just let him end with vivid memories of UCONN and Xavier.

  • Bill Graham

    Sidenote: And this is the stuff I hate and it happens every year. I assume that we are just done with Samuels, Walker, and Bamba? I mean we were “in the mix,” and they were “very interested,” and yet that will seemingly be the last we hear of any of those guys until they eliminate us from their top 5 and sign elsewhere…I just don’t get it.

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    I think Scruggs is unlikely and I also think Wilkes want to play with him. I think tucker is more likely and I don’t see us getting both. What do you think? Feels like Wilkes is going to be tough to get. Reading too much into it or spot on?

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    I understand what you’re saying but comparing a normal conversation with your wife and the biggest decision of a young adults life aren’t in the same boat! Sometimes they visit the school they like most first and sometimes last. there isn’t any order to it at all IMO. He is visiting schools coinciding with football games so I’m not sure there is anything to read too deeply in here. Personally, I think it’s a long shot with wilkes. uconn is the destination with scruggs along with him if I had to bet on it. You know how much crean likes to use his phone though. He’ll get a feel on campus and I suspect he’ll get in his ear before the decision is made by Wilkes.

  • RealHoosierFanatic

    Samuels committed to nova, we aren’t in walkers final 5, and bamba was always a super long shot as he’s the third ranked player 🙁

  • IUBizmark

    Completely agree. You should kidnap him and drag him to Bloomington after the UConn visit to make sure he never forgets IU.

  • IUBizmark

    Anyone know what happened with Jaren Jackson? He was a heavy IU lean and now, nothing. Seems like he could’ve been a valuable piece next season.

  • marcusgresham

    Your wife isn’t having to decide which one of those is most important to her though.
    A better analogy is an eye test. “I’m going to flip this lens and you tell me which is better, #1 or #2 (except, in this case it’s #1-#5.)”

  • 47250HoosierFan

    who in their right mind schedules MSU for football homecoming, or is it up to the league to do that?

  • CreamandCrimson

    I haven’t followed the recruitment of Jackson all that closely so maybe he was an IU lean before but…this is what I’ve heard: Jackson has always desired to go out of state and to the East Coast. He’s no longer attending Park Tudor and he’s transferred to La Lumiere Prep School. Maryland is a heavy favorite to land him and IU hasn’t had him as a priority in quite some time. As far as wings/fours go, IU is focusing on Kris Wilkes, Jordan Tucker and Brandon Huffman. (top priority guards are Tremont Waters, Chaundee Brown and David Beatty…top priority bigs are Nick Richards and Luka Garza and it appears the Bamba ship has sailed)

    I’m not sure how entirely accurate this is because I heard this a couple of weeks ago and a lot can change in that time but I believe what I was told. This class is going to take another six months or so take complete shape…unfortunately.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I made a mistake and realized it shortly after posting…haven’t had the time to get back and edit this until now. Sorry about that! Homecoming is actually on October 15 when IU hosts the Nebraska Cornhuskers. As for the scheduling of homecoming, there’s not a whole of wiggle room because they wanted it to occur after the Assembly Hall renovations would be completed. You don’t want it to be too late in the season because of weather so, it was either going to be Nebraska or maybe Maryland on October 29. They chose to go with Nebraska and that should be a pretty fun game.

  • N71

    Another thing to consider…or hope for is a junior college talent coming in. If we keep loosing guys to the NBA the JC guys add a nice ingredient of age/maturity.

  • CreamandCrimson

    That’s very true. However, to my knowledge, they aren’t watching or pursuing any JUCO talents at this point in time. I’m sure there will be 10-15 names that pop on the radar before the 2017 class is said and done. I don’t have a major personal preference or “list” as many others do because I’ve only seen a handful of these guys play full games. But, of the guys I’ve seen in person, I’d take Wilkes and Tremont Waters (for our offense, he’s ahead of Scruggs by a decent margin in my opinion) in a heartbeat and feel great about my class, no matter who else signs on.

  • SilentBob

    I thought Chaundee cut us and was down to four?

  • CreamandCrimson

    You appear to be correct…Kansas, Florida, Wake Forest and Maryland. Like I wrote, I haven’t seen or heard anything for a couple of weeks so I’m a bit out of touch. Thanks for the update!

  • IUBizmark

    Thank you a million times over for this info! I agree with your other comment that I’d gladly take Wilkes and Waters in this class and be thrilled. As for Jaren Jackson, for whatever it’s worth, I saw Purdue get a recent vote in the crystal ball, which I thought was really odd. Especially given your comment. Probably an anomaly, but I’ll keep an eye on it.

  • SilentBob

    I’m not to hot on that idea, considering a lot of players go to junior college because they weren’t mature enough to handle college out of the gate. I know people have been fascinated by the JuCos at Iowa State and Louisville, but I don’t want to mimic anything Pitino does in recruiting. And I still don’t see Duke, UNC, Michigan Stae, etc relying upon those kind of players.

    We should have at least two senior guards, if not all three next year. A senior wing in McSwain, Plus a junior leader in Juwan, and three skilled and versatile sophomores. If you need to replace a player like OG you want Kris Wilkes, not a JuCo in my mind. If we do somehow find ourself needing more vets, or last minute players, I’d rather do it with grad transfers.

  • SilentBob

    With my Cardinals limping to the finish line, I’ve had to do overtime with my IU basketball fandom to keep myself sane lol.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    WOOOOAAAHHHH………..STOP THE SOUL TRAIN…….You’re a UofL basketball fan AND an IU basketball fan??? That dog won’t hunt.

  • SilentBob

    Naw St Louis Cardinals! Lol. There are only one Cardinals to me. All the others don’t hold a flame lol

  • BL4IU

    I’d be happy to get good players from any source. Don’t forget 1987.

  • BL4IU

    No tears. You’ve had plenty to celebrate 🙂

  • SilentBob

    While I’ll agree with that, I’ll still play the odds of my statement at this point and look at the JuCo market as the last resort.

  • SilentBob

    It’s true, and plenty more. Unfortunate to see Holiday, Molina, and Wainwright go down this way though.

  • SilentBob

    I’m a young guy, just 23, so it’s pretty much like watching the end of my childhood lol.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    PHEW! OK. I just changed you from a down vote to an upvote. You had me worried there for a second. Guess I’m one of the few people that forget MLB exists.

  • Koko

    Maybe it will be REALLY smoggy that day and his eyes start burning.

  • dwdkc

    First, while Scruggs and Wilkes are still apparently still indicating they would like to play together, I have to say that the talk is way more common than the final reality on this subject. At the end of the day priorities diverge. Wilkes doesn’t have to worry about playing time; Scruggs probably does at IU. Alex still likes Wilkes to IU, so I’m still optimistic. After that I’d really like a big who can contribute right away so you have 2 bigs in ’17-18 to go to (along with soph De’Ron). Richards would be awesome.

  • Bill Graham

    I long for the day when a 3rd ranked player is no longer a long shot. Thanks for the info btw.