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5-star Kris Wilkes of Indianapolis North Central cuts to a final 5

See which schools made the cut and why for the 6-foot-8 forward from Indianapolis North Central, including what his father had to say about the in-state schools.

Five-star Indianapolis North Central 2017 five-star forward Kris Wilkes has cut his list to a final five.

Wilkes said his finalists are Indiana, Xavier, Illinois, Connecticut and UCLA.

The 6-foot-8 small forward initially had 18 scholarship offers and a host of other schools showing interest.

“I was glad that he looked at the Indiana schools,” his father, Greg Wilkes, told “One of my big things was, I see a lot of good players, guys with a chance to do good things, leaving the state. I wondered why.

“I see why now because there are a lot of opportunities and a lot of college programs that can develop your son or daughter in their programs. I think that’s a viable option.

“With that said, we’ve seen a couple programs out of Indiana we really like.

“I think it’s a well thought-out list. I don’t know much about UConn. They talk to him more than they do to me.”

Some of the schools have been involved for a long time.

“Indiana and Xavier have recruited him since day one,” Greg Wilkes said. “He has a good relationship with them. Illinois, UConn and UCLA came in later.

“He’s always been a Reggie Miller fan. Once that came into the picture, he was like ‘Wow.’ It was a no-brainer he was going to keep them around.”

Tom Crean and his home-state school of Indiana has made a significant impression during the recruitment.

“Indiana was the first to offer him, and he’s learned a lot from them,” Greg Wilkes said. “They don’t just tell you, ‘You’re a good player.’

“They tell you what you need to work on. It’s not just ‘You’re a good player.’ It’s ‘You need to work on this or that.’

“I like the choices he has.”

Wilkes has an official visit scheduled to UCLA. That is his only currently scheduled official visit.

Players are allowed a maximum of five official visits so Wilkes could take officials to all of his finalists if he so chooses.

“I don’t see why Indiana wouldn’t get one,” Greg Wilkes said. “They were the first school to offer him, and they’re still on the list.” Top Stories