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Five-Star Kris Wilkes Sets Illini Official Visit Date

Class of 2017 North Central High School (IN) five-star prospect Kris Wilkes has now set official visit dates to Illinois, UCLA and Indiana with Xavier scheduling an in-home visit date.

Wilkes, a 6’7 wing, will officially visit Illinois on September 9, UCLA on September 23 and Indiana on September 30. Xavier will come in for an in-home visit with Wilkes on September 13.

Wilkes ranks among the top 20 class of 2017 prospects nationally.

Wilkes competed on Under Armour circuit with the UA Indy Hoosiers.

Illinois already has Jeremiah Tilmon (East St. Louis), Da'Monte Williams (Peoria Manual), Trent Frazier (FL) and Javon Pickett (Belleville East) verballed into their 2017 recruiting class.



Purdue Set To Host Nojel Eastern On Official Visit

Class of 2017 Evanston Township High School standout Nojel Eastern is set for an official visit to the campus of Purdue University this weekend.

Purdue will also host 2017 post targets Xavier Tillman and Terrell Brown as well this weekend.

Eastern, a 6’6 guard, has long been a recruiting priority for Purdue. Eastern brings size, versatility, playmaking skills and a willingness to share the ball to the table.

Eastern averaged 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this spring and summer with Meanstreets in Nike EYBL games.

Purdue currently has four open scholarships for the 2017 recruiting class. That number could grow even higher if Caleb Swanigan or Isaac Haas make early NBA moves.

Eastern currently ranks among the top 5 prospects in the Illinois class of 2017. Eastern holds a wealth of high-major scholarship offers including Michigan State, which will get an official visit next month.

Early Look Preseason Top 5 High School Teams

Here is an early and quick look at who the preseason top 5 high school basketball teams may be in the state of Illinois regardless of class affiliation. Defending 4A state champion Chicago Curie heads the list.

# School Conference Class
1. Chicago Curie CPL Red-Central 4A
Defending 4A state champions return a wealth of talent including senior G Elijah Joiner. 6'5 senior F Terry Smith, 6’7 junior F twins Treavon Martin and Tyree Martin in addition to senior G Allante Pickens also return.
2. Chicago Simeon CPL Red-South 4A
Senior G Evan Gilyard, junior G Kezo Brown and junior G/F Talen Horton-Tucker will headline another deep and talented Simeon squad that will also feature junior F Messiah Jones and sophomore G Kejuan Clements.
3. Evanston Central Suburban-South 4A
Senior G Nojel Eastern, senior G Chris Hamil and senior F Elyjah Williams return to lead an Evanston team that will have a lot of veteran players, and that will likely again spread out production through multiple players. Sophomore G Lance Jones will also factor.
4. Belleville Althoff South Seven 3A
Senior G Jordan Goodwin (St. Louis) returns to lead the defending 3A state champions. Senior G Marvin Bateman returns, as do senior G C.J. Coldon and senior F Edwyn Brown who are also standouts on a strong football team.
5. Chicago Whitney Young CPL Red-West 4A
Junior G Xavier Castaneda and senior G Lucas Williamson will lead a roster deep with talent and game experience. Junior G Justin Boyd and Junior F Jake Kosakowski will also factor for a team that likes to turn up the pressure defensively.