Up until this spring five-star forward Kris Wilkes has taken a wait and see approach to his recruitment. Despite interest coming in from all over the country, Wilkes has limited his unofficial visits and hasn’t gotten too involved in things. Now however things are picking up for Wilkes.
With coaches able to make in-home visits over the past two weeks, several have dropped by Indianapolis to speak with him and his family. Even with the constant attention from coaches, Wilkes says it wasn’t too hectic.
“It hasn’t been too bad,” said Wilkes of the in-home visits. “It has been pretty fun. I spoke with Illinois, Michigan State, and UCLA (Wednesday) and Maryland (Tuesday). I did talk to Xavier last week as well.”
Along with those schools, Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, and several others have all shown significant interest in Wilkes.
The final of the visits was from UCLA and the Bruins Head Coach Steve Alford. According to Wilkes the visit was a productive one.
“Coach Alford said he loves my game,” explained Wilkes. “He told me I could be one of the first Indiana guys to go there for him. He was talking about that how he sees me as a guard, and all the opportunities I would have from playing with the pros.”
Earlier in the day it was Michigan State who dropped by. While the Spartans have been active in Indiana under Tom Izzo, they just recently began to pick things up with Wilkes.
“Michigan State started to recruit me later, but (Izzo) is going to start talking to me more and he is hopeful to get me to come for a visit. He wants me to keep getting better and said I’d be a 3 or 4 in their system.”
Also Illinois made an impression, as the Illini have been recruiting Wilkes for a while.
“They just say how they like my game and that I’d fit perfectly with how they play,” said Wilkes. “They want me on the wing to be someone who can be a matchup problem.”
The day before it was the Maryland Terrapins who dropped in on Wilkes, and the Terps have really zeroed in on making him a priority recruit.
“I’m getting a better relationship with their coaches,” said Wilkes. “They are similar to UCLA in that they always have great guards. That is a big deal for me, and they told me how they will always have good guard play.”
The first school to drop in on Wilkes was Xavier, and the Musketeers have long since been a team in the thick of the mix for his services.
“They want me to be a player who can come in right away and make an impact,” said Wilkes. “They want me to keep improving and are telling me I am someone they need.”
For now the Wilkes family is gaining all the information they can.
When asked what they are looking to learn during these visits, Wilkes said, “Mostly we want to find out what position they see me playing and what kind of other players will be there like point guards and bigs. Having good guards and good bigs is important for me.
With this step of the process now complete, Wilkes says he will continue to move forward with his recruitment following the summer.
“Really at the end of the summer I will see who has offered and only consider those teams,” said Wilkes. “I just want to cut it down at the end of the summer and stick to that and I want to make a decision no later than the end of my senior season.”