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13 - Kris Wilkes

6-7, 210 Small Forward
UCLA Sophomore
Birthday
09/18/98 (21.2 yrs)
Hometown
Indianapolis, IN
High School
North Central
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
7
Strength
7
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
8
Ball Handling
7
Potential
7
Passing
7
Intangibles
8
90 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Joe Ingles

Strengths: Wing with impressive size, athleticism and skill level … Smart, mature decision maker … Alert on defense … Does a good job fighting through screens to stay in front of his man … Does a good job using his length on defense to disrupt passing lanes and obstructing his opponent’s view … Very quick for his size, should be able to guard NBA small forwards … Does a good job defending in transition and not allowing easy baskets … Has gotten better and more aggressive attacking the basket off the bounce … Possesses good burst to the rim … Finishes strong and is able to beat opponents off the dribble … Scores really well around the rim … Handles the ball well for a forward … Pretty aggressive but also in control … Confident stroke from deep … Moves well without the ball … Has the quickness to free himself for open shots … Team mentality. Not a selfish player … Focused player, who shows a willingness to work and improve … Very willing passer and eager to make the right basketball play … Very athletic run/jump[ athlete … Runs the floor well in transition … Can throw it down with ease … Put a lot of work into getting stronger over the offseason, and the results are apparent as he looks a lot stronger than he did as a freshman …. Passes the eye test and looks like an NBA player from a physical standpoint … Good size at 6’7 with a near 7′ wingspan …

Weaknesses:
To make the jump to an elite level player, he will need to improve his consistency as a shooter and scorer … While he has a confident stroke, his percentages could improve (35.2% from 3-point range and 65.5% from the foul line) … More reps and an ability to slow things down a bit should help improve those percentages … His aggression is a good thing but sometimes he needs to slow it down and not force things. Has the tendency to get called for charges …

Outlook: After nearly entering the NBA after his freshman season, Wilkes figures to be one of the top non-freshmen available for the 2019 NBA Draft …

Notes: Measured 6’6 without shoes, 6’7 with shoes, 199 lbs, with a 6’11 wingspan and 8’8 standing reach at the June 2017 USA U19 tryouts … Entered the 2018 NBA Draft after his freshman season and attended the NBA Combine, but opted to pull his name out and return for his sophomore season …

Ben Parker 11/10/18

Strengths: 6’7 athletic and versatile forward … Good length with a 6’11 wingspan and 8’8 standing reach … Good athleticism, especially in the open floor. Can jump off one foot or two. Gets off the ground quickly. Moves with good fluidity … Good slashing ability. Attacks the basket with aggression … Good positioning and active rebounder on both ends. Consistently boxes his man out … Great potential as a versatile defender with his length and athleticism. Active hands and quick feet. Stays in a stance defending on the ball. Plays passing lanes. … Plays physical and isn’t afraid of contact … Can score inside and out. Shows ability to knock down jump shots when balanced. Solid midrange shooter. Shows a floater on occasions. Uses glass when appropriate … Unselfish. Not an advanced passer but has solid court vision … Good motor. Willing screener and stays active throughout the game … Doesn’t force his offense or take bad shots … Shouldn’t have a problem adding strength …

Weaknesses: Needs to improve as a shooter. While he can make shots from outside, he can improve his consistency. Sometimes unnecessarily fades away … Lacks offensive technique. Slashes in a straight line, hasn’t had to react too much to help defense at the high school level. Relies on his physical attributes at this stage … Played in the post a lot in high school, relied on putting it out of the defender’s reach to finish. Doesn’t have a polished post-game. Will need to improve his perimeter game. Can handle the ball when uncontested but can’t beat his man off the dribble. Right hand dominant. Most of his jump shots come off the catch, doesn’t show much ability to pull up off the dribble … Will need to add strength moving forward … Will need to develop his game as wing moving forward, playing as an undersized big man won’t be an option …

Outlook: UCLA freshman, a piece of a talented recruiting class … McDonald’s All American … 2017 Indiana Mr. Basketball …

Evan Tomes 9/4/17

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