Five-star small forward Kris Wilkes is one of the best players in the class of 2017. Very few prospects in the class have the upside that Wilkes does, and with that he is really beginning to attract the highest level attention on the recruiting trail. With offers from nearly every high-major program near his house in Indianapolis, Wilkes is someone who is simply enjoying the recruiting process.
This summer Wilkes showed great improvement, but he isn't someone who is going to sit and wait around hoping to continue to get better, "It felt good that people started to notice the hard work I have been putting in, and hopefully I can get to the top spot."
Now as a junior Wilkes is a leader and also it means he is focused more on his recruitment. On the first day he had workouts representatives from Kentucky, Ohio State, UCLA, Butler, Michigan, and Indiana were in the gym to watch him. Along with those schools, Xavier, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State, Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Georgetown just to name a few have been showing Wilkes significant attention.
At this point Wilkes hasn't made his way to Michigan, but it is a program he hopes to visit in the near future, "I am really intrigued by their program. I have a good relationship with the coaches and it seems like a really good school. They have guys who look like me and have been successful so it is a good place that could fit how I play."
Wilkes has made it down to Kentucky, and he was very impressed with what he saw when he made the trip to Lexington, "I think I am building a better relationship with the coaches. I liked the visit, it was pretty nice. I got to see some of the things they have that other schools don’t have. They have also had a lot of players go there, so that is good."
Another out of state program that Wilkes has seen is Illinois, and he likes what the Illini do to make their players better.
"I like that program a lot," said Wilkes of Illinois. "They do a good job of getting each individual better, and I am building a good relationship with their coaches."
When it comes to the in-state programs like Butler and Indiana, Wilkes says he is building a very strong relationship with them.
Wilkes lives only about 20 minutes from Butler, and says things are goig well with his recruitment to the Bulldogs, "I think it is easy access to get there and I really like it. I am building a better relationship with the coaches and it is a really nice school."
Indiana was Wilkes' first offer, and he has a good relationship with Tom Crean.
"I think I have one of the strongest relationships with them," said Wilkes of the Hoosiers. "They were my first offer and I have been talking to them a long time. I really like Coach Crean, he is a good guy."
While all the attention is nice, don't expect Wilkes to be making any kind of quick decision.
"It has been great to talk to so many different coaches," said Wilkes. "I think my dad likes it and I am enjoying it as well. Hopefully by this time next year I can narrow it down so I can make my decision."
Down the road when the time does come to make a decision, Wilkes makes it clear what will be important when he simply states, "Academics come first."