Five-star forward Kris Wilkes trims list to three

  • 10/06/2016 10:42 pm in

Five-star class of 2017 North Central forward Kris Wilkes has eliminated two schools and now has a final three.

According to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star, Wilkes is no longer considering Xavier and UConn and will no longer take previously scheduled official visits to those schools.

The three remaining schools Wilkes is considering: Indiana, Illinois and UCLA.

That means the official visit to Indiana, which took place last weekend, will be the last official visit Wilkes will take before making a decision.

Wilkes is ranked the No. 18 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite. As a junior at North Central, he averaged 22.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Indiana currently has three commitments for in the class of 2017: Al Durham, Justin Smith and Clifton Moore.

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  • pcantidote

    You guys are nuts. The climate is the only thing that I miss about SoCal.

  • Jeffery W. Johnson

    I also live in SoCal, and can say that the facilities at UCLA do not compare to IU’s. It will be another 3 to 5 years before UCLA will be able to match IU’s facilities. Moreover, no guarantee Alford gets to stay. UCLA fans are not that hot on him. He could be gone in a seaon or two.

  • Bruce Clark

    Great points. Also UCLA has had some flooding and flooring problems. UCLA has some mystique based on Wooden but the past decade hasn’t been their best…

  • IUBizmark

    The inclusion of Illinois says there’s some reservation about IU. It’s his backup local option, but I just don’t see it happening. I also don’t see UCLA, but I’d give it a 25% chance.

  • dwdkc

    No, McFly took the last one. The only one scheduled to graduate in 2017 was Collin, so if he came back there would be technically zero openings. First, I think he would get that choice–agree with pcantidote; just because it hasn’t happened, there hasn’t been much of a sample size, and Collin is a glue guy that would make the team better, so he’d be welcomed back. Hopefully he comes back this year however. Bryant has to be gone; he can’t turn down the lottery. JBJ I think will want to be gone for sure as well. OG not sure; it would be awesome if he returned but good chance he won’t. A guy with a few career minutes of court time who graduates will NOT be coming back for a 4th year, if there isn’t room. So we still have a numbers issue, but it depends.

  • Outoftheloop

    The Hoosier Nation loves you Kris! Make us very happy and proud! You will be #1 in a very good class!

  • millzy32

    JBJ will really have to show something to think he’ll get drafted. I doubt he leaves if he knows he’s going to be a free agent like Troy and Yogi. If only OG, TB and Thriller leave then we are already at our maximum before Wilkes. Seems like a potential logjam to me.

  • Outoftheloop

    IU had 0 scholarship transfers last year!

  • millzy32

    JBJ is very iffy. I know he wants to be gone but if he doesn’t really light it up this year he’ll likely not be drafted. I guess this is a good thing. If he lights it up he’ll free up a scholarship and we’ll likely have a tremendous year. If not next offseason will be a little ugly for a while as this gets sorted out.

  • millzy32

    Didn’t Creek redshirt one year before eventually leaving?

  • millzy32

    If CH is out this year he will definitely redshirt for eligibility purposes no matter where he’ll play next year. He could get Beileined like Bielfeldt by Crean. Notice I’m calling it Beileined instead of Creaned:)

  • millzy32

    The class will only be very good with him in it. Without him it’ll be very average and less than our incoming class right now.

  • dwdkc

    I think the vibe with JBJ is like the one with Troy–draftee or no, ready to start trying to make money. He’ll graduate anyway, and may feel he has a better shot with taking the free agent path or Europe if not the NBA draft. Whereas OG has a professor for a father and will still be a year away from graduating.

  • millzy32

    Crean fast tracks all his players to graduate in 3 years and it is solely in the name of churning players if necessary if they aren’t working out or if they want to go pro early. It makes the nudge easier if they have already graduated and gives the option to transfer without penalty to go to a grad program somewhere else. It’s a win win for Crean and sometimes a win for the player as well.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice! He may have to bite before another IU recruit beats him to it for one of the last available scholarships.

  • Chris Jones

    Actually the crystal ball is now in favor of ucla

  • dwdkc

    I would put Colorado #1 for that last reason–people are largely the same most places, but everyone is active and in shape in Colorado. Might get some of that in LA

  • dwdkc

    post on the forum (hat tip bradandduncan):
    ..Wilkes posted his top 3 on instagram and Mo Bamba commented “Just go to Indiana you bozo”…I like the sound of that.

  • IdahoHoosier

    It may be true he hasn’t given a redshirt to a 5th year, but has he had any opportunities? If so, I’d be interested to see how many times Crean could have redshirted a senior and the situation surrounding it. Just because he never has doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    I have a really good feeling on landing Wilkes now. The timing of narrowing to 3 right after his IU official. He decides he doesn’t need to see the other 2 schools he had scheduled within a week after. And said today a decision is coming soon. All of this sounds like he found his college home. I’ll guess he makes the call this weekend.

  • Bruce Clark

    Not true according to some other sports sites. IU has one of the top 20 recruiting classes nationally and a Big Ten top 3. Would still really like to see Wilkes in candy stripes.

  • rgd213

    No empty seats in that Indiana picture……UCLA….Illinois…Geez

  • b_side

    Sure did. Good memory. Creek should have graduated with Hulls/Watford but was given a 5th year and decided to transfer. Guessing Crean wouldn’t guarantee him a starting spot knowing we had Troy and Stan coming in who he wanted to develop (at the time).

  • b_side

    Roth wasn’t offered a 5th year. That’s it as far as I know.

    Creek was given his 5th year but left for a better opportunity to get more playing time at GW and to be closer to his family. I think he may have even had a baby in the DMV area with his girlfriend.

  • b_side

    If nothing else, Wilkes played ball with Eron Gordon before he transferred to Cathedral.

  • Berned Out

    In terms of number of predictions, yes. But I’m looking at the most recent predictions. The last two are ours, including one from today.

  • marcusgresham

    Give that about 20 years–you’ll then have an entire generation that lived a good portion of it’s collective life with the munchies.

  • marcusgresham

    True.

  • HardRockHoosier

    Not necessarily. What about just wanting to leave us all in suspense for a little bit? Different

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  • CreanFaithful

    Yes. But between Yogi, Troy, Max and Nick, everyone knew there was a bunch of playing time about to open up. Kris is a guy who will be demanding starter like minutes from day one, so that will constrain minutes available going into next year. It will only be compounded if we land Waters.

  • TomJameson

    Wow! LOL millzy, you are so wrong. You telling me you have to reach that far down to find another way to slam CTC? Getting your degree in 3 years is a great recruiting tool, especially to the parents. It gives more opportunities for the player, not the coach.

    To think that CTC is doing something like that just to be able to get rid of them later … well, that’s pretty sick man. I could believe that of Calicheatty, but that’s about it.

  • david r

    I think he decided on IU after the visit, but for some reason he has decided to hold off on an official verbal for now. We are the heavy favorites, I believe. Therefore, YEE HAW!!

  • Ole Man

    Actually, at 247com, UCLA is the heavy favorite.

  • Ole Man

    Groce has put together a great recruiting class. Maybe that is what he is seeing.

  • Ole Man

    Don’t know where you get that from? Please post the sites.

  • Ole Man

    Groce has a five star, two four stars, and one or two three stars. It is being touted as perhaps ILL best recruiting class ever.
    That might be the attraction.

  • Ole Man

    I think if JBJ makes it through the season injury free, he is gone. No reason for him to spend another year in college and risk another injury. He’s all about the NBA.

  • Ole Man

    From what’s been said about the kid, however, his ego doesn’t drive him; so, I’m not sure that this theory is correct.

  • Ole Man

    You’re right about Chicago.
    However, for beautiful women there is no place except NYC. The most beautiful and intelligent women in the WORLD are drawn there. You walk around the block in NYC and fall in love ten times.

  • Ole Man

    The only people in shape in CO are those with the money to “play.” LOL!

  • Ole Man

    Sorry, Donnie, but the good people of NC are just as basketball savvy as Hoosiers. It’s the only other state where college basketball is a religion.

  • Ole Man

    Seriously? I’ll take Spring and Summer in Dunn meadow when the shorts and tops come out and the winter “covers” melt away! LOL!

  • VanBurenBoys

    I grew up in Indiana and now I live in SoCal. Weather is great, but traffic is awful, cost of living is astronomical, and people don’t pay attention college basketball unless UCLA is great, which they’re not. Just too many other things to do. Trust me, weather’s the only thing that beats out B-Town in this comparison.