Five-star forward Kris Wilkes made a fall decision to attend UCLA, and the Indianapolis native hasn’t looked back. Wilkes has his team ranked No. 1 in the state of Indiana and undefeated right now, while showing improvement with his game.
So far Wilkes and North Central High School are 12-0 and have beaten the best teams the state of Indiana has to offer. In the process Wilkes has put up huge numbers, and is the clear leader for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball award.
“It has been a really good run so far,” said Wilkes of his senior season. “I think we are getting better as a team every game with more guys stepping up and helping us win.”
About his own individual play, Wilkes said, “Definitely I have improved shooting outside over the past year. Also I know I have to continue to rebound and stuff, which I am doing well with, but I think I can do better.”
While Wilkes has no doubt focused on his high school team, he has also been paying close attention to UCLA this season, and he likes what he has seen from the Bruins.
“It is good to see them playing the way they are,” said Wilkes of his future team. “They are a real good team and I like how they get up and down, get to the bucket, and shoot a lot of threes. It is a lot of fun to see them play.”
Wilkes turned down basically every school in the region in order to go out to UCLA, and for him watching the Bruins being one of the premier teams in the land is rewarding.
“I am used to winning a lot from AAU to high school, and UCLA is obviously a winning program, so it is great, and I can’t wait to get to there,” noted Wilkes.
Now for Wilkes the task is finishing what he started at North Central. His goal has always been to win a state title, and he would love to do it as a part of an undefeated team.
“It is good to be No. 1, but everybody is coming for us,” said Wilkes. “We just have to stay focused as a team, and continue to play together and bring home a state championship.”