The 2017 class figures to be the next truly elite one from the state of Indiana. Tom Crean and the Hoosiers have already offered three in-state kids, and the best of the bunch may be North Central's Kris Wilkes.
Wilkes, who plays with Southport's Paul Scruggs, Hamilton Southeastern's Zach Gunn and Pike's Justin Roberts with the Indy Hoosiers, has continued to develop over the last year and has shot into the top 15 of our early 2017 national rankings.
Wilkes, at 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-9 wing span, earned Crean's attention at this week's adidas Invitational, an event the Indy Hoosiers won fairly easily.
Wilkes said Crean has given him consistent advice throughout the recruiting process.
“Don’t stop now,” Wilkes told reporters. “Just keep working harder and getting better each year. We keep in touch every month or really every other week or so. I just keep in touch and keep them updated on different things.”
Wilkes also owns early offers from Purdue and Xavier, and he figures to attract more and more attention as his game continues to develop. He averaged 9 points per game as a freshman last season, but those numbers figure to take a significant jump this year after Eron Gordon transferred from North Central to Cathedral.
North Central's offense will now run through Wilkes, which should really help him grow.
Of all the kids in the 2017 class, Wilkes is my favorite. He's very thin and needs to get stronger, but he's got unbelievable potential. Scruggs is more physically mature, but I fear he may be close to the peak of his potential. Gunn is a better shooter, but he doesn't do much else. And Roberts has a solid all-around game, but he's not a great shooter and he's very small.
If Wilkes follows Crean's advice and continues to work, he could easily become a five-star recruit in the class.