Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: None (Freshman)
Why They Are Here
Kris Wilkes is ranked here because of his versatility and immediate impact he will provide as a freshman. At 6’7 Wilkes will play the 3 or 4 at UCLA but has the skill of a guard. Wilkes is very comfortable handling the ball and shooting from beyond the arc. He does a little of everything on the floor which will help Steve Alford next season.
Role on This Year’s Team
Wilkes’s roll will not be defined immediately for UCLA. With almost every rotational player leaving and so many talented freshman coming in (hint: this isn’t the last UCLA player on the list) Wilkes will need to feel his way into the college game. Expect Wilkes to be a starter next tot Jaylen Hands and Thomas Welsh in the back court. UCLA has many cooks in the kitchen so while his stats may not be eye popping, expect even contribution in all categories. Wilkes will provide rebounds, assists, scoring, and even some blocks.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Wilkes’s stay at UCLA will be short as he will likely be a one and done. If the 2018 NBA Draft was today he would be a first round pick on the fringe of the lottery. The NBA Draft is still 10 months away so Wilkes will have to prove that he can not only play but dominate the college level to solidify his draft stock. Wilkes has always said he believed UCLA would give him the best chance to be a one and done player.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.