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Five-star SF Kris Wilkes schedules official visit to Illinois Basketball

Good morning! Welcome to the Orange Minute for Saturday, August 27.

Fighting Illini basketball will have the first shot at landing one of the nation’s most talented recruits. Five-star wing Kris Wilkes (IN) has scheduled an official visit to Champaign for the weekend of September 9-11, which coincides with the football team’s night game against North Carolina. Wilkes is the No. 17 overall player in the country, per 247Sports.

Wilkes narrowed his list to five schools a few weeks ago, including Indiana, Xavier, UCLA, and UConn along with the Orange and Blue.

The 6-foot-7 wing has scheduled additional campus visits to UCLA (September 23) and Indiana (September 30); Xavier will also get an in-home visit on September 13.

Kris Wilkes Highlights

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