Wilkes having strong season
Five-star class of 2017 forward Kris Wilkes is having a very impressive sophomore season. The Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central standout continues to prove himself as one of the best wings in the country, and is working hard on his game. North Central is having a very good season, most recently with a win over Park Tudor. In that win Wilkes was held mostly in check, but made a few key plays down the stretch. “I think I have been doing okay,” said Wilkes. “This game was a struggle for me, but I came back in the second half and played better and just tried to help my team out.” One of the highlights of the win over Park Tudor was seeing Wilkes matchup with four-star 2017 forward Jaren Jackson. About that matchup, Wilkes said, “It is good to go against Jaren. He is a top five player in the state, and he plays my position, so it is good to go against him.” Recruiting wise Wilkes continues to take things slow. Schools such as Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, and Butler are firmly in the mix. Recently Wilkes visited Butler for their home game against Seton Hall, and he came away impressed with what he saw. “It was a pretty nice visit,” said Wilkes of the Bulldogs. “I like the campus, and I like Butler. They have a good coaching staff and I continue to build a better relationship with everybody around the program.” There was some talk that Wilkes would be able to make it to Ohio State last weekend, but that visit didn’t end up taking place. Still Wilkes is building a solid relationship with the Buckeyes. “I didn’t make it to Ohio State last weekend,” explained Wilkes. “I know they have a good program and I like the coaches, and I think it could be a good fit.” A school that Wilkes has had a chance to visit several times is Xavier, and he continues to build a strong relationship with the coaching staff there. “I really like them,” Wilkes explained. “They have a good style of play, and they definitely are a school I am high on.” There is no timetable for a decision from Wilkes, but an early decision is not expected. Currently Wilkes is viewed as the No. 4 small forward and the No. 15 player overall in the class of 2017.
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