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UNC Checks In With Kris Wilkes

Indiana forward plans to cut his list soon.

North Carolina is interested in Kris Wilkes.

That’s the message UNC assistant C.B. McGrath delivered earlier this week when he called Wilkes, a 6-8 forward in the rising senior class, for the first time. Roy Williams hasn’t yet been in contact with Wilkes, but that could change quickly.

“He said he’s seen me play a couple times,” Wilkes explained. “He said he was going to talk to the head coach and see what happens from there.”

UNC assistants have quietly watched Wilkes, a standout at Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central High School, over the course of the last year and are now primed to enter his recruitment.

The Tar Heels don’t have a lot of time though. Wilkes plans to cut his list down to a more manageable size in the next couple of weeks. Only schools that have offered him a scholarship will be considered for the trimmed list.

“There’s still time,” he said. “I’ll definitely consider them if they offer before I make the cut.”

Playing for the Indy Hoosiers on the Under Armour circuit this spring and summer, Wilkes averaged 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Most analysts slot Wilkes as a combo forward, capable of playing the "3" or the "4" depending on matchups.

“I like to get to the rim,” said Wilkes. “I can pull-up in the mid-range or just attack. I’m trying to get out to the three-point line and be more consistent there. I like being on the wing. I don’t mind playing in the post sometimes, but I prefer the wing.”

As Wilkes continues conversations with the UNC staff, he hopes to learn more about the Carolina program.

“I’ve watched them play a little bit,” he said. “I know it’s a pretty good program but besides that I don’t know too much. (In my conversations with McGrath) he just said he’s going to try to make it happen soon – before I make this cut.”

They didn’t discuss a potential visit to Chapel Hill, but Wilkes is open to it should Carolina offer.

“I’m looking around everywhere,” he said. “Whatever place fits me, has a good staff, that’s where I’m going to go ultimately. If (UNC) ends up being a nice place and school then it could be somewhere I could seriously consider.”

Wilkes's offer list includes UCLA, Washington, Indiana, Illinois, Arizona, Purdue, Kansas and Xavier.

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