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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  • inLinE6

    Interesting top 5. UCLA and Xavier are dangerous.

  • N71

    I can’t see there being a better fit than IU knowing OG (NBA) and Hartman (graduation) will be gone. Kris will come in and be a key player immediately. Add Paul (Scruggs) and he should have a blast. Close to home, Big Ten, will know tons of people, great school, player development, strong level of talent around him, etc.

  • sarge

    I feel better knowing who we are competing against. I don’t understand why this kid isn’t every school’s priority! We now look like we are the frontrunner in my opinion. Landing this guy is a game changer. Come to IU KW and you will make history, I just know it. You are a perfect fit!

  • marcusgresham

    Yes this statement is hyperbole, but taking their “starting points” if Crean would do for Wilkes what he did for OG and Vic he’d be the 1st pick in the draft.

  • KYHoosier

    I think he ends up at IU. Xavier has a couple wings committed already and seems crowded. I think when he takes a visit out to UCLA that he and his parents will realize how just how far away the school is and that could turn him off UCLA. But I do think it comes down to the last hour for him tho, it’s funny how this time last week UNC looked like a real contender, but don’t even make it into his top 5.

    On a unrelated note, if we miss out on PS I don’t think it will be the end of the world. Tremont Waters is the real deal and I’d love to seem him in some candies. He reminds me a little more of Ulis than Yogi, but if he has college success remotely close to either one of them then watch out.

  • SilentBob

    I won’t be content til he signs, but I’m breathing a heck of a lot easier seeing neither UNC or Washington on that list. Even if they never were actually contenders. I think this list is a sign he’s looking to stay a little closer to home, or at least have some strong relationships at the school. I’m sure Alford’s ties to the state have been key for him. Not sure about UCONN but everybody seems to love Kevin Ollie and maybe Paul’s looking there too?

    Idk who are main competition is, but I’m feeling pretty comfortable saying we’re in the drivers seat right now.

  • BL4IU

    I can understand elite programs ranking other kids higher. Doesn’t have awe inspiring size and athleticism, and his b-ball skills are solid but not electric. That’s just fine. We’ll all be happy to see him in candy stripes.

  • IUBizmark

    If I’m betting, I’m taking IU and maybe Xavier if he wants to go as a package deal with Scruggs. I get the feeling they both ideally wanted IU, but because of Blackmon’s injury and not going pro, Scruggs likely has to go with X.

  • Kris Kompute

    Xavier gets wilkes/Scruggs.

    Fire Crean.

  • pcantidote

    block user.

  • pcantidote

    I don’t see the connection to JBJ to either of these guys. Scruggs is a PG and Wilkes a wing. JBJ is a classic 2. They would just complement him, if he’s even still here.

  • pcantidote

    It is unfortunate to see UCLA getting traction with another Indiana kid. I could see it if Alford had EVER had any success as a coach, but he really hasn’t. Hopefully Kris just wants a free trip to LA.

  • Bill Graham

    Indiana- pros – its home. Local fanbase = bigger fanbase/more passion, assembly hall its a better venue than any other of his offers, we have wings leaving and space for him, Tom Crean has developed several NBA players in the past years, uptempo style of play fits his skillset….cons – its home. its familiar its not exotic/warm/different

    Illinois – pros – everyone is leaving this would immediately make Wilkes an ever bigger deal on their campus b/c he would represent rejuvenation/rebuilding, still close to home but not as familiar….cons – its Illinois…their campus is hideous, Champaign is a crap town.

    UCONN – pros – Kevin Ollie plays a very deliberate style of play and could center that around Wilkes…they also have several good players (probably) returning in Adams, Hamilton, Cassel Jr, and Enoch but they need a 3-4 man..Wilkes fits nicely…also they have the whole east cost thing with Boston and NY nearby and the ocean….lastly the campus is pretty nice. Cons – its far from home. UCONNs arena (gampel is on the smaller side – about 10,000 max…not to mention they lose several seniors in 17′ which means if Wilkes is a 2 year player they might struggle a bit (this could be a pro depending on how you look at it) – not to mention tradition…they haven’t had “that guy” since Napier…Wilkes could be him

    UCLA – Alford….Their offense is very pro-wing pro slasher…If Lonzo Ball sticks around (which he wont) Wilkes would have one of the best guards in the nation tossing him the rock…And its L.A. Beach babes, big buck celebrities, and big time warm weather….cons…Its L.A. its crowded and far from home…and Wilkes is just one stud in a town full of stud athletes and celebrities…other cons Alford has been inconsistent since leaving New Mexico and hasn’t done much in terms of getting players good draft stock.

    Xavier – Chris Mack is developing a reputation for landing top talent and its fairly close to home… They will be good and relevant for awhile…They share the ball which lets Wilkes show off more than just scoring…Also, the Cintas Center has that crowd on top of you feel even though its small…Lastly its Cincy which means nice rolling hills, Reds, Bengals, Gold Star and Kings Island. Cons – its Cincy – very rough in some parts, other cons – Sumner is leaving (they still have Gooden and probably Blueitt) but losing your floor general is never good…other cons…b/c they share the ball so well it rarely lets one guy consistent shine which hurts draft stock.

    ….my guess is he narrows it down to us, Xavier, and one distant choice before he finally decides….my prediction….he wore red and white on his high school team and his red and black aau team is called the hoosiers I think we see him in candy stripes in 2017.

  • HeartoftheRockies_Hoosier

    I’ll take two please.

  • Bill Graham

    I like your analysis…its well thought out… but I have to disagree. I think JBJ is gone after this year…Once he starts putting up 15-20 points a game his stock will rise as long as he plays good D he’s a likely late first round/early second round pick…As far as Xavier goes…they’ll lose Sumner but they keep Goodin, Macura (pending legal stuff), and Bluiett….

    If I were Scruggs I’d feel more comfortable playing at IU…JBJ is (likely) gone, RJ will be a senior and leaving soon (same with Josh) + they are more PG’s than SG’s…and I think Scruggs would beat out CuJo for a starting spot or 6th man spot. Scruggs fits better with us next year…

  • Bill Graham

    Really what if we sign Tucker, Bamba, and Walker…you still wanna fire him then? Don’t hypothetically count your chickens before they hatch.

  • Bill Graham

    He did a good job at New Mexico. He just needs to recruit Cali better…but Arizona, Washington, and Cal aren’t making it easy.

  • Kris Kompute

    Only thing he can do to justify his employment is get us to a Final Four. I have had enough of his mediocrity.

  • Kris Kompute

    Block me because you don’t agree with me? I haven’t disrespected anyone.

  • Bill Graham

    Erase Crean’s first two seasons in Bloomington and he has a better career win percentage than the likes of Bob Knight, Coach K, Izzo, Dean Smith, and Bill Self….thats anything but mediocre… 2 big ten titles in 4 years is anything but mediocre…A preseason top 15 ranking means that we are ranked in the top 4% of all college basketball teams…thats anything but mediocre…Pessimism and Cynicism are best supported with facts….otherwise your posts just look emotionally irrational.

  • Kris Kompute

    Fact – Hasn’t landed the best in state recruit since 2011
    Fact – The only coach in the last 50 years to have 2 of the top 4 picks in the NBA draft and not make it to the Final Four with them.
    Fact – In-state AAU programs HATE him. Hence, why he can’t consistently get elite players.
    Fact – Everyone know his recruiting pitch. Offer you when you are 14. Half pay attention to you the next 3 years. Dog out other schools. Then put the pressure on you to represent Indiana your senior year.
    Fact – Dwyane Wade will be the highlight of his coaching career. That was 13 years ago. There was a reason Marquette didn’t beg him to stay.

    Preseason rankings, regular season winning percentages, regular season titles mean jack in Indiana. We hang banners. National championship banners.

    Crean isn’t in the same paragraph as those coaches you named. This job is above him. He’s had his time. Mediocrity is unacceptable.

  • Bill Graham

    Good now we have a decent factual debate going on here.

    First of all I disagree with your point about not landing the “best” recruit since 2011 – in terms of rankings yes…but I judge best by contribution. Yogi did way more in his 4 years than Trey Lyle did is his 1 year.

    Besides that
    We’ve had 5 Indiana kids that are in the top 51 nationally playing for us in the past 5 years. We’ve had 10 nationally ranked Instate kids playing for us the past 5 years.
    * compare that to Kansas who has only had 2 or Duke who has only had 1
    it only seems like we aren’t recruiting our state well because we have a larger pool of good players. So ya we’ve missed on the Lyles, Bluietts, and Swanigans…but landing at least one top 50 kid from your own state nearly every year doesn’t exactly fit the bill for poor in-state recruiting.

    In terms of NCAA tournament success again you can’t expect someone to just come in to a program in shambles and make it the final four every year…Now with that said was the loss to Syracuse due to poor coaching? (yes partially) I’ll give you that one…but consider the greatest modern day NCAA…As much as I hate the guy its Coach K…Well it took Coach K 11 years as a head coach to reach his first final four…also look at guys like Mark Few (4th highest win percentage amongst all NCAA coaches ever) and he’s never been to a final four…Heck it took John Wooden 17 years to win his first title!

    This is Indiana. We expect banners and national contention. I agree. But we also want/expect that every year…well Rome wasn’t built in a day. And you can’t just fire or accuse someone of mediocrity whose won 2 BIG titles in the past four years. Has been ranked in the top 25 3 out the past 4 years. Besides he was the BIG coach of the year and the ESPN national coach of the year this year….really you really want to accuse the national coach of the year of mediocrity???


    You disrepected Coach Crean.

  • FKIM01

    You sound like a third grader.

    Ban Troll.

  • Kris Kompute

    How can you sit there and say he’s a good in-state recruiter? Indiana is a hotbed for NBA talent. Since Crean has been at IU, he has successfully recruited one in-state NBA player (Cody). ONE. That is horrible.

    He DID NOT win national coach of the year in 2016. Weren’t you the one emphasizing facts.

    He has been to two sweet 16s in two years. Why? Because he landed the best recruit in-state (Cody). You take Cody away from Crean and he’s done nothing here.

    NBA Players win College Championships. Villanova was the first team in almost 30 years to win without a NBA player. Crean can’t land big time recruits.

    The entire nation sees this. ESPN has written about this (Jeff Borzello). Yet, everyone here is in denial.

    He’s mediocre. Time to move on.

  • Bill Graham

    Will Wilkes bring us a 6th Banner?
    …Well there’s just no question.

  • PBzeer

    I would guess he’ll go where he feels he has the best chance to be the “star”. Let’s be real, guys in his position are looking for the best showcase for one year to get them in the lottery.

  • SilentBob

    With as many high level prospects that are still on our board. That’s an absurd statement at this time

  • Hoosier Hall

    It would be awesome to see both of those guys playing with a senior JBJ. 3 big time Indiana kids all on the same team? I’ll take it.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Although I agree that more was expected out of the Zeller/Oladipo team, there are countless examples of teams with multiple NBA draft picks not doing well in the tourney. Heck, some of them don’t even make it (UK in 2013, LSU last season, Washington almost every season…..). Not saying that should be acceptable but don’t put Crean in a corner by himself on that one.

  • BL4IU

    Losing in the sweet sixteen with two top five picks is certainly not a career highlight but numerous other coaches have gotten knocked out early with better talent. Let’s face it, 2013 was a weak draft as evidenced by the fact CZ hasn’t performed like a typical #4 pick. Also, you obviously need to do more research before citing FACTS. The #1 ranked 1983/84 UNC Tar Heels lost in the sweet sixteen. In the 1984 draft, Jordan went #3, Perkins went #4. Also on that team: Daugherty (#1 pick in 1986); Smith (#6 pick in 1987).

  • pcantidote

    He did ok at NM, but let’s face it, that was an average conference and they did nothing in the tournament. His performance at NM shouldn’t be a reason for Indiana kids to line up to go out there.

  • straight no chaser

    You’re in denial that Indiana is not special anymore. We were special once, under a coach who was and still is a brute.

  • straight no chaser

    Why block him, you fascist? He has a right to say what he wants.

  • straight no chaser

    He owes Crean nothing. He was polite with fellow ITHers.

  • SCHoosier

    I don’t agree with Kris..but he’s entitled to his opinion even if it shortsighted (as I believe it is). Start over after two B-10 wins in four years..I don’t think so. Need to be better…yes. gotta find a way to close some of the talent that Crean now has seriously considering IU..yep.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I’m just curious as to who you would replace Crean with? I’m not trying to be mean or anything, I seriously want to know. Similar to your career, it’s always helpful to offer a solution if you’re going to point out a problem. So what realistic solution do you have? (No, Brad Stevens is not a realistic answer. He’s not leaving Boston).

    You’ve set the bar pretty high. They have to win national championships. They have to recruit the best in-state talent every year. They have to be nice to AAU programs. They can’t promise the moon (although I’d think most coaches do). And I think we can all agree that we’d want whoever they recruit to be of good character–no drug situations or problems with the law like we’ve had in recent past. I’m no coaching guru, but is there a coach out there with all of these characteristics that would be willing to leave their current school and come to IU?

  • Spooky

    Yea but we gotta get another big alongside Davis

  • Spooky

    Just like he has a right to Block someone 😉

  • pcantidote

    Wow, drama queen.
    (a) you do realize that each user can individually block other users merely by clicking a button, right?
    (b) you do realize that while he has a right to say whatever he wants, others have the right to respond however they want, right?
    (c) I would never advocate for completely silencing morons like Kris. I’d rather they spew their nonsense for all to see just how childish and nonsensical they are.

  • IUBizmark

    That’s a fair point. Crean does preach positionless basketball though. Regardless, if it’s not related to JBJ, then it’s definitely related to the glut of guards we have on the roster.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t forget about Rob. Not from Indiana, but has to be considered in the guard mix

  • TomJameson

    Not really anything to agree or disagree with, Kris. I’m sure you’re not wanting to fire the coach just because two 18 year olds decided to go play for somebody other than IU and CTC. That in itself is pretty ludicrous, but everybody knows that you must have an underlying disliking for CTC and will take any opportunity to “poke the bear”.

    Your statement is like saying “stubbed my toe this morning … fire Crean”

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    The crown Jewel and a must get for IU

  • straight no chaser

    Well you can block him without announcing it. You don’t have to rally people behind you in a sort of mob mentality to make your point. You don’t represent anyone but yourself.

  • upvoting yourself doesn’t make your comment less dumb

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    That sounds like a quote from Fight Club lol

  • the last line made me softly chuckle

  • Arch Puddington

    I agree with your call on Xavier, but will never understand the appeal of Illinois. No history that even begins to compare to that of other major powers, no national media profile that compares to that of other major programs, a raft of recent troubles for players, and a coach on the hot seat. Playing time is fine, but there are other places to get it. He sees something, but I’ll never know what it is.

  • SCHoosier

    IMO the recruitment of W&S becomes a playing time issue in the first year…and yes both Wilkes and SCruggs can do better than IU in that regard. They both think they are NBA many kids has X put in the pro’s the last four years?I hope each kid does what is best for him..if that happens Wilkes wears the candy stripes and Scruggs probably goes to X.