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Michigan offers scholarship to 5-star 2017 wing, transfer visit, other recruiting notes

June 13, 2016

ANN ARBOR — Michigan basketball extended its fourth known 2017 scholarship offer on Sunday.

Kris Wilkes, a five-star small forward, picked up an offer during an unofficial visit to campus, adding the Wolverines to a list including home state schools Indiana, Butler and Purdue, along with UCLA, Maryland, Kansas, Notre Dame, and Xavier, among others. Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan State have also expressed interest.

A versatile 6-foot-8 wing, Wilkes is ranked No. 12 overall in the 247Sports Composite among 2017 prospects. He’s the No. 2 prospect in the Indiana and the No. 4 small forward in the country.

Wilkes joined 2017 recruits Jaren Jackson, Kyle Young and Jamal Cain with scholarship offers.

Jackson is a 6-foot-10 forward also from Indianapolis ranked No. 33 overall in the 247 Composite. Kyle Young of Massillon, Ohio, is a 6-foot-6 forward ranked No. 100 overall, while Cain is a 6-foot-7 wing from Pontiac, Michigan, ranked No. 201.

As a junior, Wilkes led North Central to a No. 3 final ranking in the Indiana state AP poll in 2016. He was named Marion County Player of the Year and landed on the IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Star team.

Playing on the Under Armour Circuit this summer, Wilkes averaged 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

This week, Wilkes will be one of 26 players trying out for the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team. The team training camp will run from Tuesday through Saturday at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Charles Matthews visits Ann Arbor: Wilkes wasn’t alone this weekend.

Michigan also hosted Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews. The 6-foot-6 guard from Chicago has three seasons of eligibility remaining and must sit out the 2016-17 season, per NCAA transfer rules.

A former four-star, top-100 recruit, Matthews averaged 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 10.3 minutes per game at Kentucky.

Coming out of St. Rita High School in Chicago, Matthews was ranked as the No. 59 overall prospect in the class of 2015 in the 247 Sports Composite. He was rated the No. 16 shooting guard and No. 2 recruit in Illinois.

Matthews is scheduled to visit Xavier next weekend.

French wing Solly Stansbury visits Michigan: According to, Michigan hosted 6-foot-7 guard Solly Stansbury last weekend.

Stansbury is the son of former Temple star Terence Stansbury and spent the last few years playing in France.

Per, Stansbury may be required to sit out his first year in college and recently visited Cincinnati.

The latest on Harold Baruti: One-time Michigan target Harold Baruti, a 6-foot-6 2016 wing, is no longer heading to Utah. Per Pawel Mrozik, Baruti’s high school coach at Mountain Mission School in Grudy, Virginia, the parting was mutual.

While Michigan previously recruited Baruti and hosted him for an official visit, it appears unlikely the Wolverines will get involved on this second go-round.

Mrozik told Mlive that while Baruti, a native of Democratic Republic of the Congo, previously posted a qualifying score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, he came in below Michigan’s required score.

Baruti averaged 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists in 37 games as a senior at Mountain Mission.

2017 four-star point guard Zack Dawson eying U-M: Top-100 point guard Zack Dawson is interested in Michigan and hopes to visit campus in late June to secure a scholarship offer, according to Maize n Brew.

Dawson is ranked as the No. 64 overall 2017 prospect in the 247Composite and the No. 14 point guard.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Miami, Florida,holds scholarships from Louisville and Arizona, among others.

Jordan Poole heading to NBPA Top 100 camp: Michigan commit Jordan Poole will spend this week at NBPA Top 100 camp at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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