"We've talked about it seriously and I really want it to happen," Wilkes said. "We play really well together, kind of like Yin and Yang, and we feel we'd be able to play really well together in college."
Both propsects played together for the Pump N' Run AAU team last summer and will again this spring and summer.
Wilkes said the schools he's interested in are Arizona, Stanford, Duke, Kansas, UCLA, USC, Cal, Maryland and he said, "probably a few others."
Wilkes did say, though, that he knew Padgett has said publicly that he would probably pick between Arizona, Stanford, Kansas, Cal and North Carolina. "Yeah, that'd probably be my list, too, except for North Carolina. I probably don't want to go that far away. David and I would probably go to those other schools together, though."
With the recent change in NCAA rules, juniors can begin to take official visits earlier. Wilkes said that he and Padgett intend to take an official visit to Kansas this spring. "Coach Williams has been to my school and my practice and I definitely want to see Kansas with David."
Wilkes, as just about everyone knows, is the son of former UCLA-great Jamal Wilkes, and Omar grew up a UCLA fan. The natural question is: Does this mean that he wouldn't go to UCLA since David Padgett said he's not considering them? "I'll consider UCLA, too. But it will be an influence that David won't." Wilkes said. When asked why Padgett wouldn't consider UCLA, Wilkes replied, "I don't think David's father is too impressed with what's going on at UCLA right now."
David Padgett's father is Pete Padgett, a former assistant at UC Santa Barbara who also consults on the Pump N' Run team.
When asked if Omar's father, Jamal, had ever put pressure on him to go to UCLA, Omar said, "I get no pressure from my Dad to go to UCLA. I get some from the teachers at Loyola, because of the UCLA-Loyola connection, but not from my dad."
Wilkes averages 21 points a game as a junior and just led his team to the Division I-A Championship on Saturday. Wilkes played great down the stretch in the championship game, hitting two clutch free throws and a runner on the baseline to clinch the game in the final seconds.
He said he has a 3.6 GPA and scored an 1160 on the PSAT.