Coaches keep close tabs on Wilkes
Five-star small forward Kris Wilkes was the subject of a lot of attention over the weekend in New Orleans at the Under Armour event. The class of 2017 star didn’t disappoint and he keeps on working to improve. At 6-foot-7 and around 190 pounds, Wilkes has the look of a big time wing. He has really improved his skill and athleticism over the last 12 months, and now again the Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central star is working to get better on a specific part of his game. “I am working on boxing out and rebounding better,” said Wilkes. “This isn’t eighth or ninth grade basketball, you can’t just go up and get the rebound with athleticism, so I am working hard to be more physical and box out.” Over the weekend coaches from schools as such as Butler, Purdue, Xavier, Indiana, Illinois, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Kansas watched Wilkes play. For Wilkes it was an honor to have those schools showing him interest and proving he is a priority recruit. “It feels good to have all of these coaches out here, but I know it isn’t something I can focus on,” said Wilkes. Wilkes was tracked very closely by Butler, and the Bulldogs are one of his more recent offers. “I am building a good relationship with Butler,” said Wilkes of Butler. “It felt good to have them offer, and it is good that the school is close to home. The coaches seem like great guys there.” One of his first offers was from Xavier, and Wilkes said he is building a strong relationship with the staff there. “They really make me feel at home,” he said of Xavier. “I talk to Xavier a lot and I have been down the campus a few times and it is really nice, so I really like them.” Also the in-state Indiana Hoosiers have made sure to make Wilkes feel like a priority recruit. “It is good with Indiana,” noted Wilkes. “I have seen them watching, and I like them. They are an in-state school, and I have been there a few times. It is a good atmosphere.” Wilkes is just now at the beginning stages of his recruitment, and says his focus is on helping his team win the Under Armour Association championship in July.
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