Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Official visit primer: Five-star Kris Wilkes

The top 2017 college basketball prospect in the state of Indiana— and the Indiana Mr. Basketball favorite — makes his official visit to Indiana this weekend.

The top 2017 college basketball prospect in the state of Indiana— and the Indiana Mr. Basketball favorite — makes his official visit to Indiana this weekend.

Kris Wilkes, the 6-foot-8 five-star forward from Indianapolis North Central, will be on campus at Indiana later today with his family and spent a couple of days in Bloomington.

He's been to IU a host of times.

Take a look at his official visit and where things stand.


(scout.com): Wilkes is someone who has really improved over the course of his high school career, and shows a ton of long term potential. He has long arms, can play on the wing at 6-foot-8, and is skilled in the mid-range. Also Wilkes plays hard and has a good feel for the game. Once he stretches his shooting range a bit more and gets stronger, the upside is limitless.

(peegs.com): With the way Wilkes, at 6-foot-8 can play off the dribble and score moving to the basket, he is a significant scoring threat. His moves on the catch and on the dribble at the elbow have grown as has his ability to play on the baseline. He runs the floor like a guard, which makes him even more dangerous as an offensive threat. Defensively, he is a factor with his length and aggression — he cut a finger going for a blocked shot Thursday in open gym at North Central. He has bounce off the floor and can play off either foot, both offensively and defensively, which few high school players can do.

(SEE ALSO: Video: Kris Wilkes discusses his official visit to IU and visits to Illinois and UCLA)


“I feel that’s always a good way to go for a lot of players, but ultimately, if it wasn’t my fit, you couldn’t go there even if you wanted to rep your state. They’re a great school. They have as good of a chance as anybody.”


IU associate head coach Tim Buckley and IU coach Tom Crean have been front and center in recruiting Wilkes.


Wilkes has made official visits to Illinois and to UCLA already. His official visit to Indiana is this weekend. After that, Wilkes has official visits scheduled to Xavier and Connecticut.


Mike Pegram: So many reasons this is likely the biggest official for Indiana from this class. Wilkes is a 5-star talent and a much needed scorer who's probably not a one and done. He's arguably the biggest prize of an excellent in-state class that IU is in danger of missing out on. Best of all he's a bright kid with a bit of an edge, an invaluable combination. 

Jeff Rabjohns: Indiana has pursued Kris Wilkes since before he entered high school. And he’s gotten better each step of the way. He’s 6-foot-8, athletic, skilled, smart. Did we mention athletic? This is what NBA small forwards look like when they are in high school. Will he get there? Time will tell. But he’s a player who will make a major impact at the college level and, if he develops correctly, will have a meaningful pro future. How hard does he play? He ripped up a finger in open gym on Thursday going for a blocked shot and wrapped up the finger  ... By the way, he went back out and played.

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow: This is clearly a huge weekend for Indiana. They have made Kris Wilkes a priority since before high school, and now they finally get their official visit with the five-star prospect. Wilkes likes Indiana right now, but the Hoosiers need to have a tremendous official visit to get the momentum back rolling. Illinois and UCLA did good jobs on their trips, and now the Hoosiers are looking to jump out in front of the pack with a key official visit weekend


On a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the highest chance of a commitment on the visit, we'll give this one a four. Wilkes has been counseled very directly that committing on any official visits is not advisable. Indiana is in a very good position, but Wilkes has been strongly advised not to make an emotional decision while on any campus. Could it happen? Maybe. But not likely.

Wilkes’ official visit scheduled:

llinois: September 9-11

UCLA: September 23-25

Indiana: September 30- October 1

Xavier: October 28-30

Connecticut: November 4-6

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