Five-star prospect Kris Wilkes is one of the elite prospects in the 2017 class. With size, length, athleticism, and an improving skill level, Wilkes looks like an improved prospect as a junior, and he is continuing to take a close look at his recruitment.
“I think the start to the season has been really good,” noted Wilkes. “We have been playing well as a team. We are starting to bond more, and showing what we are capable of.”
A big reason for North Central’s strong start to the year and No. 1 overall state ranking is because of Wilkes. Even with his quick start to the year, Wilkes keeps looking for ways to improve.
“I think I just have to be more consistent and not have bad games, and work hard tip to buzzer,” said Wilkes. “I have been working on my jump shot more and just trying to get better with that.”
On the recruiting trail schools such as Notre Dame, Illinois, Butler, Purdue, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Cornell, Ohio State, Kentucky, and many others are involved.
Recently Purdue boss Matt Painter saw Wilkes play, and Wilkes says he has a good relationship with the Boilermakers.
“I think it is a pretty good relationship,” said Wilkes of Purdue. “I have been up there a couple of times, I like the school, and it is good to build a nice relationship with them.”
Also Vanderbilt was in to see him, and though he hasn’t been to Nashville as often as some of the local schools, Wilkes likes what he has seen there.
“I’ve been down there and visited a few times, and I hope to get down there again as well,” noted Wilkes. “I am building a good relationship with them, and I like Vanderbilt.”
For now Wilkes and his father continue to take a measured approach in his recruitment, and Wilkes says they are gaining as much information as they can about each school.
“It is really just watching on TV,” said Wilkes of what he looks for in terms of basketball. “Coaches tell me watch them and see how they play and just see who fits my style.”