The Kris Wilkes show was in full effect on Sunday. The Indianapolis native and No. 17 overall prospect in the 2017 class led the Hoosiers to the 16-under championship at the Fab 48, illustrating why he’s one of America’s best.
Wilkes is a monster in transition. He doesn’t possess elite straight-up leaping ability but jumps very well with a running start, and thus he looks to get out on the break as frequently as possible. At 6-7, he has the size to play a combo forward role in college, but ultimately his NBA future will be on the wing. He handles and passes well and his scoring tools are truly top-shelf.
Wilkes is very quick with his feet and his reactions. He gets to the ball first and then immediately transitions into the next movement, which is one reason he favors spin moves from the middle post area, as defenders simply can’t react. He’s a tremendous medium-range shooter who wields turnarounds prolifically and can step out to 18 feet as well.
When his team needed him Sunday, he also dominated the glass, made key defensive plays and generally put his fingerprints all over the competition.
While many college coaches had exited the stage by the final day, coaches from UCLA, Michigan State and Indiana were just some of those on hand to observe his exploits. As colleague Evan Daniels reported last weekend, Wilkes already has taken unofficial visits to Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Xavier, so this is a recruitment that’s almost as aggressive and speedy as Wilkes himself.
Assuming the Hoosiers retain their player core, they should be a featured team on the 17-under Under Armour circuit in 2016, with Wilkes continuing to lead the way.