Report: IU remains in mix as Wilkes narrows list to 3

After a weekend visit to Bloomington, Kris Wilkes has cut his list to three.

According to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star, North Central’s Kris Wilkes is now considering Indiana, Illinois and UCLA. Wilkes, a five-star wing and one of the top prospects in the 2017 class, has visited all three schools. He was scheduled to visit Xavier and UConn, but those trips are now reportedly off.

For Wilkes, last week’s official visit coincided with a couple other key visits for IU’s program. Wilkes was joined on campus by 2017 guard commit Al Durham, along with classmate Clifton Moore, a 6-foot-10 forward, who committed to Indiana following his visit on Sunday afternoon.

Wilkes, considered the No. 18 player nationally in the 247 Sports Composite, is one of the leading candidates to win Indiana’s Mr. Basketball award this season.


  1. Illinois? I fail to see the appeal of Illinois? I mean, it’s relatively close to his home, but other than that, there is nothing appealing about U of I or its basketball program! As for UCLA, it’s always appealing for Midwestern kids to go to LA-LA land and get seduced by the star-studded LA scene and ideal climate. But unless UCLA wins the PAC-12 title this year and/or goes deep into the NCAA, UCLA is probably going to have a new basketball coach come next April. The Bruin faithful are not happy with their current basketball coach, and the media beats him like mule every chance they get. Hope young Mr. Wilkes makes the right decision by choosing IU.

  2. I think you’re right. The conference has certainly grown since my collegiate days but, when I was a student, Champaign was considered the ugliest campus in the Big Ten closely followed by West Laffalot. Other than a couple great years Illinois has been the oatmeal of midwestern basketball…it’s okay but nobody thinks it’s really very good.

    UCLA is everything you say. Their best bet is to get some kid who has never been to SoCal and reel him in with a mid winter visit. Westwood is not the best place in LA and UCLA has been living on ‘dusty banners’ for a long time. This is a make or break year for Alford.

    I honestly want Steve to be a success. Not a big success but enough that he stays at UCLA. If he ever became the coach at IU it would take 15 consecutive losing seasons for the AD to fire him.

  3. This makes me hopeful… I’d have been much more concerned if the other 2 schools were Xavier and UConn.

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