Five-star forward Kris Wilkes takes unofficial visit to Indiana

  • 10/15/2016 4:31 pm in

Five-star North Central class of 2017 forward Kris Wilkes made the trip south from Indianapolis on Saturday for an unofficial visit to Indiana.

Prior to Indiana football’s game against No. 10 Nebraska, Wilkes was spotted on the sidelines of Memorial Stadium. Indiana basketball had a televised practice earlier in the day on BTN.

The 6-foot-8 Wilkes is down to three schools: Illinois, Indiana and UCLA.

This is his second visit to Indiana in the last two weeks as he took his official visit to Indiana the last weekend in September. Prior to the Indiana official visit, Wilkes also took official visits to Illinois and UCLA.

Wilkes, ranked the No. 18 prospect in the 247Composite, is an important prospect for the Hoosiers.

Indiana already has three commitments in the class of 2017 in Al Durham, Justin Smith and Clifton Moore, but is still in pursuit of Wilkes, point guard Tremont Waters and forward Billy Preston.

Wilkes tweeted on Oct. 7 that a decision would be “coming soon,” but hasn’t announced a date when he will announce his choice.

The early signing period begins on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

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  • Jay Skibbe


  • Is it just me, or did anyone else find CTC’s comments about in-state recruits selecting IU interesting given the timing of Wilkes’ decision?

  • Arch Puddington

    I missed it — what exactly did he say? It has been on lots of people’s minds (mine included), so I would be interested to know.

  • Corey Dunigan

    He was speaking about IU’s sellilng points.

    Tradition, fans, SSAH, Hoosiers in Pros making millions.
    As if to say, ‘what is wrong with kids who don’t say yes to IU, its all here’

  • So IN Hoosier

    Anybody know if there will be a replay of practice today? The wife canceled my recording on accident, smh

  • As Corey says below, it was basically, to paraphrase, “If a kid, especially a local kid, decides not to come to IU, don’t ask what’s wrong with us. Ask what’s wrong with the kid. Because we have some great facilities and campus and yada yada.”

    Could have been just a random statement, I actually caught it live and haven’t had a chance to go back and check into it. But it struck me as interesting, at least.

  • Lt. John McClane

    I thought it was a shot towards Paul Scruggs, but also for Kris, too.

  • Arch Puddington

    Thanks (and to Mark as well).

  • MoBanners

    Sunday at 7p on BTN.

    Interesting trend has started on 24/7 BTW… IU now a commanding favorite for Tremont Waters in the Crystal Ball… Not sure what that is worth, but hopefully a lot!

  • jiu797979

    Is’nt he kind of wearing UCLA colors in the photo at the football game?

  • So IN Hoosier

    Thank you!

    I did see that. Not sure if there is room once Wilkes commits, fingers crossed! Future is looking bright.

  • RDD#76

    He had Purdue colors on his official visit so let’s hope that doesn’t mean anything

  • Thomas the Train

    I don’t think we were too high on Scruggs towards the end for some reason. I got the impression he had a Stanford Robinson type look to him, simply not an outside shot. Also, with this new California prep school he is attending just might have added a few red flags. Just my thought, but I could be wrong.

  • Thomas the Train

    I saw that as well, but Wilke’s percentage has went down for what it is worth. I would love to land Wilkes. In addition, be great to have a potential Indiana Mr. Basketball on the team again.

  • IUJeff

    My son while out walking today with a group of friends at IU, saw Wilkes out walking around by himself checking things out. My son and friends made sure to recognize him and tell him we really need him for next season!

  • Donnie Vick

    Was he at the practice? I was looking to see if any recruits were there but just saw an army of managers.

  • inLinE6

    Percentage went down due to one person flipped his choice from us to UCLA, from 2 days ago. He has no idea what he was doing.

  • initial predictions are meaningless. It’s the trend in late switches that are most telling. If a couple more analysts flip to UCLA at this point, then it’s a bad sign for us.

  • Zach

    He was at the practice. Didn’t see him there on TV but saw it on Twitter

  • IUBizmark

    Could be totally off base, but it seems we backward rationalize when a player cools on IU. He didn’t have the right mechanics, he didn’t have the right shot.

  • GatewayHoosier

    Personally I’ve never loved PS as an IU fit since I saw him 2yrs ago when he played my hometown school, Jeffersonville. But I get your point and think any fan is tempted to rationalize when something doesn’t pan out. I think 3 legitimate “counters” could include:

    1) It depends on how far back you’ll label something “backwards” rationalization. I remember reading some mild concern about his makeup / competitiveness after Romeo dropped 40+ on him last March.

    2) I read a TON of concern here after the whole Prolific Prep thing. That was already after it looked like he might not be coming to IU, so maybe that was just disingenuous. But I give people the benefit of the doubt that they thought that smelled fishy.

    3) Back to my first sentence, I think there’s a legitimate question of whether he fits Crean’s system well. He’s a fine player, but I’ve always wondered if he requires too much of the ball / isolation rather than what IU tries to do on offense. I think another way of putting this is fans follow the staff’s lead; when it becomes obvious that CTC and Co. cooled on Scruggs, fans assume there’s a reason for that.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I’ll be shocked if Wilkes commits somewhere else and fans backward rationalize it. If anything, I’d expect overreaction the other way!

  • TomJameson

    7pm eastern, 6pm central.

  • SCHoosier

    While any Hoosier b-ball recruit is likely to be “welcomed to attend a football game” would take some balls for a Indiana kid to stand on the sidelines if he was about to make a decision to play basketball elsewhere. I hope that’s the case here.

  • sarge

    I agree with that. I think people would likely be upset on here if we don’t land KW. He is a true program changer and it would undoubtedly sting. I think fans really love everything about him too. His size, talent, athleticism are hard to come by. He is local, fits our system and is exactly what we need and have been searching for. His skills are polished and he is exciting to watch and explosive. Romeo Langford is the only other recruit who is close to his level of importance. It would be unbelievable to see them on the same team.

  • marcusgresham

    I was just talking the other day to someone about Langford going off on Southport and the person to whom I was speaking had been at the game. He said “Romeo pretty much had ‘shut it down’ by the 4th quarter because the game was over by then,” so that 40 could have been even more.

    I also heard someone on the radio describing Scruggs’ game last year and it kind of sounded to me like he was saying that Scruggs matured physically before everyone else his age and now that others have started to catch up to him physically he isn’t quite the dominant player he used to be. Almost like he peaked early.

  • marcusgresham

    Romeo Langford may well end up in a three-name argument of “who’s the best player ever from Indiana?” Those other two names are Bird and Robertson.

  • MC

    I’d be more concerned he is wearing Under Armour gear (+ a select camp t-shirt) who also happens to sponsor UCLA.

  • Wow. That is all.

  • Steve Shoda

    Wilkes and Romeo and make room in the rafters at SSAH.

  • Arch Puddington

    I can’t quite tell what you mean. Maybe I’m missing something, but give a me a bit more on this.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Oh man!!!! Perfect analogy. Great expectation also and accurately stated.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Arch, I think he means make room for more banners or flags.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    My opinion is the high level recruits will move to commit faster than expected because there are so many in the 2017 recruiting class. Move faster toward committing to IU with the small amount of scholarships available.

  • Arch Puddington

    Ah. Well read.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Actually I am at the Bears game. Nothing here to watch. BORING!!!!!!

  • John D Murphy

    You obviously raised your son right.

  • HardRockHoosier

    Not really.. I took it more as a ‘shot fired across the bow’ of recruits that have already made a decision, and it wasn’t Indiana… Of course, I’m sure, there could be some intent to persuade upcoming decisions as well…. As in, ‘maybe there’s a problem with you, if you don’t choose Indiana’… I guess we can read anything into it we want.

  • dwdkc

    I see this the same way. If he really felt he was leaning UCLA, I just can’t see him coming down again. I think we’ll know by HH. If he isn’t there, we become a longshot.

  • I hear you, lots of interpretations (including that it was just meant generally). This was before Wilkes was at the football game and practice, and so I was wondering if maybe CTC knew something we didn’t.

  • Right, I wasn’t aware that Scruggs had committed to Xavier when I wrote that (but I’m not sure the announcement came before CTC’s comments).

  • sarge

    Possibly, RL is something else. I don’t care about his #2 ranking, he is #1 to everyone in Indiana. And he did pack it in after 3 quarters. I thought that game told me a lot about Scruggs and Langford. PS was supposed to be a big defensive, athletic guard that we all wanted after the Syracuse loss. He got torched because RL was on a mission to destroy. It wasn’t even a contest. Romeo proved he had superstar potential on the biggest stage.

  • William Stephens

    If you’re speaking of high schooler’s you must include Baily. Leading scorer of all time. Led his team to title, Trester Award…etc. If you’re speaking of pro players then you are right on.

  • William Stephens

    Inside word out of New Albany is Romeo like Duke. Still have work to do to get him into Bloomington.

  • Bruce Clark

    Would be great to have Wilkes alongside Smith, with Davis in the middle. Preston would give us crazy height and depth (and Moore could play the 3/4) – and I really like the high character and game of Tremont Waters (see Waters being an excellent 3-4 year player). With Durham being a nice 2, and with RJ, Morgan, Newkirk, McSwain, Green, and Cujo (plus Hartman) most likely returning, we would have even more experience and depth for next year.

    C’mon Kris, come to IU and be a legend!

  • Rantool

    what I have seen of Romeo Langford is THE most impressive high school basketball player I have seen come down the pike in a long long time, maybe ever! Yes I believe he is that good. Time will tell, but to me he should be priority #1 imho? Not to take away anything from Wilkes who in fairness I have not seen play! I just know Romeo impressed me in the state Championship game last year big time! If he is # 2 the #1 would have to prove to me he is better, cause I don’t think so!

  • Missing Moye

    Langford is in the 2018 class, and I’m sure he will be IU’s #1 target in THAT class. For the 2017 class, Wilkes is the top priority and rightfully so.

  • jaywiz

    This is the exact same conversation that we all had on here 5-6 years back when discussing Devaunte Smith-Rivera (sp?) was bigger and stronger early, cooled off on IU, or the coaches cooled on him. Went to Gtown and was a nice 4 yr player. ( who pretty much single handedly beat IU and Yogi back in ’14) I see Scruggs being the same sort of player. Hope IU gets Romeo and he can torch him again!

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    If we land Kris Wilkes you can count banner 6. There no doubt for a number of reasons primarily because we will a lot of upper classmen on this team and a true stud.

  • marcusgresham

    If I were strictly talking about their high school careers I’d have Bailey and DeShaun Thomas on the list, but I’m talking about all-time greats.
    At this point you’d probably have to say Bird, Robertson, Clyde Lovellette, Shawn Kemp, and I’m drawing a blank on the 5th.
    Glenn Robinson may actually be in the argument.

  • marcusgresham

    I just get the feeling he wants to play near home so his parents can see him. Seems like I’ve heard a comment or two from him about them being at his games. I’d say that puts IU, U of L, and UK in good shape.