Five-star small forward Kris Wilkes continues to move ahead in the recruiting process. The 6-foot-7 Wilkes has had a solid junior campaign, and is now primed to lead his top ranked team into the state playoffs.
While Wilkes and his teammates could enter the state tournament ranked No. 1, they also will have the toughest road to the championship game, so he knows they have to remain focused.
“We know every game is going to be a dog fight,” said Wilkes. “We can’t just come out and lolly gag and think we are just going to win. Even if we have beaten the team in the regular season we have to go game by game and just win.”
On the recruiting trail schools such as Indiana, Purdue, Kansas, Illinois, Butler, Notre Dame, Maryland, Xavier, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and others have offered Wilkes, and others like Michigan State, Ohio State, and Kentucky remain highly interested.
When asked where he stands in the process, Wilkes said, “We are just talking to coaches and I have gone on some visits to see some games, but nothing too much.”
The most recent visit for Wilkes was to Michigan State. While the Spartans haven’t been a staple in his recruitment to this point, Wilkes liked what he saw in East Lansing.
“It was the first time I have ever been up there,” said Wilkes of Michigan State. “I think they might start recruiting me now, but I’m not positive. It was a nice environment and a real nice arena. I didn’t see the campus much, but the gym and the atmosphere was real nice.”
One school that has invested a lot of time in recruiting Wilkes is Indiana. The Hoosiers have hosted Wilkes for several visits, and he continues to build a strong bond with the coaches.
“I think we have a pretty good relationship,” said Wilkes of Indiana. “I talk with their coaches, they ask me how my family is doing, and things are going well with them.”
Like Indiana, Purdue has put in a lot of time recruiting Wilkes, and continues to be a school in the mix in his recruitment.
“They are just staying in close contact and telling me to get better,” said Wilkes of Purdue. “They are close to home and they have some guys I have played against, and I like the campus.”
He continued about the Boilermakers, “I would have gone down there this weekend when they play Maryland, but I am going to Chicago for the weekend.”
One school Wilkes has talked about visiting is UCLA. Nothing is set up for Wilkes with the Bruins, but plans could come together before too long.
“I talk to them every now and again and then send me some stuff,” said Wilkes. “I should be taking the SAT soon, and after that I will be able to make visits.”
For now the focus for Wilkes is on the state tournament and winning a title, and from there look for him and his family to begin taking a closer look at the recruiting process.