Five-star wing Kris Wilkes eyes spring decision

  • 07/13/2016 10:13 am in

One of Indiana’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2017, North Central’s Kris Wilkes, has been on the program’s radar now for more than three years.

But Wilkes, who continues to collect scholarship offers and interest from all over the country, isn’t in a hurry to make a college decision.

In a one-on-one interview on Tuesday afternoon with Inside the Hall, the 6-foot-7 forward said he plans to play out his senior season at North Central before making a college decision.

“I want to get through the high school season and play as hard as I can,” Wilkes said. “Cut a couple of schools off during the season, but I don’t want to keep focusing straight on recruiting. I want to get these wins in for my last high school season and try to win a state title.”

Wilkes was in Houston on Monday and Tuesday competing for a spot on USA Basketball’s U18 team, but ultimately wasn’t among the 12 players selected for the team that will compete later this month at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Valdivia, Chile.

That means he will be with the Indy Hoosiers for the Under Armour Association Finals that tip off this week in Atlanta, Georgia.

During the first July evaluation period, Wilkes began the week at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte before finishing the weekend with the Indy Hoosiers at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.

As an upperclassmen at the Under Armour All-American Camp, Wilkes said he was assertive in seeking out a leadership role.

“It was actually pretty good,” he said. “I was one of the older kids on my team so I helped them out and became more of a leader and just played hard. I shared the ball and got the team involved.”

Wilkes is planning to trim his list of schools at the end of the month, but didn’t specify a number on how many schools will be eliminated. He does, however, have a requirement for schools that wish to remain in the running.

“If a school hasn’t offered by the end of July, it’s pretty much over for them,” Wilkes said. “I’m going to cut it down from there and start working from there.”

One school that will get an official visit from Wilkes is UCLA, which was one of his first offers. That’s expected to take place in August.

“They’re one of my early offers. I haven’t had a chance to get out there and it’s pretty far away,” he explained. “That’ll be pretty good to get out there and take an official visit because I wouldn’t have any other time to get out there.”

As for Indiana, which was the first school to offer Wilkes, the Hoosiers have continue to make him a priority.

Given his proximity to Bloomington, he’s been on numerous unofficial visits to Bloomington throughout his prep career.

“They keep telling me that ‘I am their guy,'” he said. “I hope it’s all true. That would be great. Hopefully I’ll be able to get down there soon and keep visiting down there.”

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • Hoosierkamp

    got to have this kid. Huge for landing local stars again and he seems like the full package

  • SilentBob

    Hey young fella, all it takes for ya to be our guy is giving us that pledge lol. However, the more wings and guards that pop up on our radar, the more I’m convinced we don’t have a great grip on this guy or his buddy Scruggs. Growing up in state, I can’t blame him for looking towards the west. To go along with UCLA, I’m hearing Michael Porter’s dads hiring is having pull on more recruits than just Michael (Wilkes and Scruggs).

  • sarge

    I love Wilkes and he is without a doubt THE priority for Indiana. My only drawback on this post is that there is no video! This guy is so good and makes the game look so easy I wish I had gotten to see more highlights of his play. Can I get some more highlights ITH? My birthday has already past and Christmas is still far away, but it would make for an awesome gift during a Hoosier-less summer. Please come to Bloomington KW, you won’t regret the decision to play for your home state.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    he is our guy no doubt, the crown jewel id say!! cmon to b-town Kris!!

  • TomJameson

    I hate recruiting!! All this teasing, anticipation, and wanting. 🙂 I see so many recruits I’d like to get, and I know it can all change in a minute. I try really hard to not get too excited about any recruit until they sign, but it’s hard to totally ignore. LOL

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    You are “OUR GUY”! It is all true!

  • Arch Puddington

    I know what you mean, but it’s like that weirdly attractive pain you got when you were young and had a loose tooth. It hurt, but you just couldn’t help but mess around with it until it finally came out. I find it entertaining, if maddening, and I always hope for the best. Getting Wilkes and Scruggs would be massive. Add any of the bigs we’re looking at to those two, and we’d be on to something.

    And if they all go to Kentucky, UCLA, and Duke, we’ll just have to win without them.

  • Lance76

    Reminds me of being on IU campus with all the coeds——just so many possibilities!

  • VanPastorMan

    I was thinking in comparison to being young and trying to get a girl to go out with you ie angst. I feel funny as a 48 yr old man drooling over a young man coming to IU to play basketball. But I do it!!!!

  • VanPastorMan

    Make sure you say please. This kid might read this discussion board.

  • TomJameson

    Arch, I have to say, you have a way with words! Well said!

  • Arch Puddington

    When you think of bizarre analogies, think of me….

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  • Kris Kompute

    IU has no chance with Crean at the helm. None of the elite in state players or AAU coaches respect him. He’s inconsistent with his approach.

    E.g. Xavier has their entire staff in Atlanta watching Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs. Crean is at the ESPYs when he wasn’t even nominated.


  • 555iuiu

    Ur an idiot.

  • 555iuiu

    Clearly you haven’t seen the body of work crean has put together. Clearly he didn’t bag CZ…because he has no respect….nor did he land JBJ…

    Jeez, some IU fans have extreme tunnel vison

  • TomJameson

    I don’t know what’s worse, that drivel you just espoused … or that you feel you have to give yourself an up-arrow.

  • Kris Kompute

    Based off what? Facts?

    Where was Crean? Where was Chris Mack?

    Wilkes, Scruggs, Langford and Brooks won’t go to IU. IU won’t have a chance at the top in-state recruit until 2020. Crean will be gone by then.

  • Kris Kompute

    Keep stalking me. It’s flattering.

  • Hoosier Brews62

    Don’t forget about Yogi being recruited, comitted and stayed 4 years!! I agree with you 55iuiu, 100% This person is NOT a true IU Fan!

  • Bill Graham

    Good points Bob. I don’t know why but its seems like we miss on a lot of the late decision kids. Also, in regards to Porter…If/when he commits to UW I’d expect some elite kids to follow (as long as its not completely last minute)…Usually one of the top kids pulls recruits even if it isn’t a true blue blood program. (Brown and Raab at Cal) (Blackeney and Simmons at LSU) (Carr and Stevens at PSU)…When Porter becomes a Husky, Wash should land 2-3 more kids in the top 75

  • Bill Graham

    Man your are so right! CTC has done a horrible job! Only 2 BIG Ten titles in the past 4 years and recruiting bums like Noah Vonleh, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, and Thomas Bryant…why haven’t we fired this guy already?

    Its not like the bum was the 2012 ESPN national coach of the year. Pshh or even the 2016 BiG ten coach of the year! And its not like he’s won 69% of his games over the past 5 years (which is 4% better than Bob Knight during his last 5 years at IU)….Not to mention if you erase his first 3 years at IU (where he inherited a horrible team) he has a career win percentage of 76.64 which puts him ahead of the likes of Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Bill Self, Phog Allen, Jim Boeheim, Larry Brown, and Bob Knight.

    So you’re right let’s get rid of him. Its not like we’re ranked in the AP Pre-season top 15 with 3 potential lottery picks next year.

  • Bill Graham

    We just had the #1 ranked recruit in the state 3 years ago. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. His name is Cody Zeller. Not to mention we have the #2 player in the state (13′) playing for us right now…his name is uhhh…James Blackmon Jr…. Hulls was Mr. Basketball and the #5 player in the state.

  • Bill Graham

    Not for this old guy…I have two possibilities… 1. Tick my wife off and possibly sleep on the couch. or 2. Golf and fish for the entire day.

  • 555iuiu

    I’m not a troll, but you are hopeless and helpless on this topic. You want crean fired and are latching on any excuse to justify it.

    Should we have fired RMK for not landing Glenn Robinson?

    Perhaps two BIG championships in the last 4 years isn’t good enough. Maybe we should just hire Mike Davis again and let a bunch of pot smoking, self entitled flunkies take us to the championship game again and toss us in a 10 year tail spin.

  • Kris Kompute

    Knight and Davis? How old are you? 70?

    Crean’s kids have gotten in just as much “trouble” as anyone else’s. I could careless about that. College kids are going to be college kids.

    We are trying to win a national title. He hasn’t came close. And kids who he misses out on go to the final four.

    2nd day of Under Armour Nationals where the top two in state recruits are playing and he’s still not there. Yesterday he was at the ESPYs, today at NBA summer league.

    We won’t get wilkes or Scruggs.

  • 555iuiu

    LOL. 70. I had a cell phone in college
    if that gives you any indication.

    How old are you, chief? 21? And that makes you think you deserve to experience a national championship? You probably don’t even remember the Davis/Sampson doldrums, probs also think Calbert Cheaney is just some old guy.

    Crean missed out on some walk-ons and three stars that won it with Villanova. Sooooo we should also lambaste him for that.

    You are a simple minded troll who wants to play the short game, willing to compromise integrity for your championship envy. Sucks to be you.

  • Kris Kompute

    “Makes you think you deserve a national championship?” We’re all fans and alums of IU. Our basketball coach is the highest paid public official in the state. What else are we playing for?

    2012 – Gary Harris, (Never considered IU) Lottery Pick
    2013 – Zak Irvin, preseason B1G 1st team, Demetrius Jackson, McD’s AA just got drafted
    2014 – Trey Lyles, (Early IU commit) Lottery pick
    2015 – Biggie Swanigan McD’s AA
    2016 – Kyle Guy, McD’s AA
    2017 – Wilkes and Scruggs
    2018 – Romeo Langford, #2 Player in the country
    2019 – Keion Brooks, Top 15 in the country

    This will be 8 years in a row an in state McD’s AA or NBA Player won’t pick IU. And our head coach is watching the NBA summer league.

    Don’t give me a list of who he did get because it doesn’t compare. Cody and Vic are his best two recruits and he did his career ceiling (sweet 16).

    He didn’t know how to use Vonleh. The man needed the 3rd best shooting guard of all time to make the final four.

    Quit settling for mediocrity. Crean is a joke who no one in elite grassroots basketball circles respects nor likes.


  • 555iuiu

    Haha. We went through a real drought of talent in those years. Losing Trey Lyles stung but FTG if he wants to be paid by UK boosters. And coming from Homestead, I wish we had Caleb but it the decision came down to his circle of influence rather than his own (why he was flip flopping), so FTG as well. Gary Harris only considered MSU because Izzo jocked him for four years. Don’t really care about Kyle Guy as I think we got a better SG in the latest class.

    A list of terrible, horrible recruits:
    2011 CZ
    2012 Yogi, one of the greatest ballers to suit up for IU
    2013 NV, CH
    2014 JBJ
    2015 TB & Mr Robot

    You want IU to land top 5 talent. I would rather not have top 5 talent or u end up with Ben Simmons or Skal Lab.

    Show some respect for our current players and all they’ve done, chief. Bob Johnson is legit, CH is a pillar, TB is a rock, JBJ is lights out, Mr Robot is a lotto.

  • SilentBob

    As I said to Ole Man in the Tremont post, I feel bad for Porter if he was wanting to be recruited. But you’re right, which I’m sure is adding even more pressure to him than the things I mentioned in the other post.

    And in regards to late decisions. We’re a first come, first serve school with our scholarships. If we can get Jordan Tucker to commit right now, we will take it, which I don’t think is a bad thing.