Five-star forward Kris Wilkes is one of the biggest players at the Steph Curry Select Camp. For Wilkes, who has played inside as much as outside during his high school career, it is learning valuable skills at the camp, and is now beginning to really focus on his recruitment.
“It is good to be here,” said Wilkes. “I am just having fun and gaining some experience against older guards who are top ranked, so it has been good.”
He continued, “This camp shows me things to improve on. A lot of the dribbling drills and stuff that other kids here are real good at it, they show me how to get better and how to improve.”
On the recruiting side of things Wilkes has offers from the likes of UCLA, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Xavier, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Butler, Maryland, Illinois and a host of others.
In terms of what his plan is to narrow his focus, Wilkes said, “Definitely at the end of July we are going to cut it down. I will try to get it down to 10 and then hopefully 5 before school starts, and then take official visits and go from there.”
The first school to offer Wilkes was Indiana. Head Coach Tom Crean has made it a priority to land Wilkes from day one, and the five-star prospect continues to build a strong relationship with the staff in Bloomington.
“Indiana was the first school to offer so that is always the best,” said Wilkes. “They are a good school and close to home. A lot of people are telling me to stay close to home. I like them and I have a great relationship with them.”
In-state rival Purdue wasn’t far behind Indiana with an offer, and the Boilermakers remain right in the mix.
“Purdue is definitely a school I am still considering,” noted Wilkes. “I talk to Coach (Matt) Painter a lot. I am building a better relationship with him. We text a lot about different things with my game and what to improve on. Also I will see him at USA Basketball as well so we will have more time to talk there.”
Another school that has been in the mix with Wilkes for a While is Xavier, and recently he stopped by the Cincinnati campus.
“They offered me a long time ago, and as time has gone by I have started talking to the coaches and getting to know them better which is excellent,” explained Wilkes. “I went down there about a week ago just to shoot around and talk to the coaches. They told me some things to work on, so that was good.”
Two schools out of the region that continue to be major factors with Wilkes are UCLA and Maryland.
About the Bruins, Wilkes said, “It was just nice when they came to my home for the visit. I feel like I have a good relationship with the coaches. It is good talking to them, so I want to go out there and see the school and get a better feel for the campus.”
When it comes to Maryland, Wilkes said, “I’ve been talking to them a lot. I am starting to build a better relationship with Coach Turgeon, especially after USA Basketball. I am getting to know him better, and he is a real cool guy.”
Look for Wilkes to make several official visits in the fall before coming to a final decision on where he wants to continue his basketball career.