Mike Brey now has Notre Dame in one of the most contested recruitments in the country.
Five-star wing Kris Wilkes announced Monday the Irish offered a scholarship, joining a list of college basketball blue bloods. Brey and multiple assistants have been tracking Wilkes, who plays at North Central High School in Indianapolis, in earnest since the winter.
They followed up during the spring live periods by watching Wilkes run on the Under Armour circuit with his Indy Hoosiers squad. Wilkes has averaged 20.7 points per game this spring.
“I think (Notre Dame) fits well,” Wilkes said last weekend at UAA II outside Indianapolis. “I think it’s a good style of play. It’s like we play here.”
Other scholarship offers in for Wilkes include Arizona, Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Xavier.
Last week Wilkes hosted Illinois, Michigan State, UCLA, Maryland and Xavier for in-home visits. Wilkes might be more familiar with those programs, but Notre Dame has caught his attention of the last year or so.
“I know they’ve got a good style of play,” Wilkes said. “They like to get up and down the floor. I like their game though."
Fortunately for Notre Dame and any other program involved, Wilkes doesn’t have a set list of leaders coming out of the spring.
Later this summer the 6-foot-8, 190-pound prospect plans to start narrowing the list down some. But until then, Wilkes envisions keeping things pretty wide open while also starting to set up some visits.
“I feel about the same about everybody,” Wilkes said. “I’m keeping open minded and probably at the end of this summer I’ll start cutting it down.”
One major factor for Wilkes moving forward will be how he relates to the coaches and players in a given program.
“Really just building a good relationship with the coaches and stuff,” he said. “Talk more to the players and see what players are going there and ask them what they think about the coaches.”