Wyatt Wilkes is an elite student-athlete currently attending Winter Park High School in metropolitan Orlando. Wyatt is one of the most coveted high school prospects in the entire country, currently ranked the #21 small forward and #95 player overall in the class of 2017 per ESPN. The 6’7 combo-forward is a priority for college coaches seeking a versatile player with the skill set to stretch defenses with a pure stroke and great court vision, while having the size and motor to defend the paint and attack the glass.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great spring so far, you’ve turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us about how things are going for SE Elite as a team and for you individually?
WW: For me individually I’m just trying to take every step that’s needed to get better. As a team we have really started to come together and play more as a team. I’m really proud of the guys. We are showing heart and pushing through adversity.
Wyatt Wilkes with two of the more clutch, skilled plays down the stretch you're gonna find. Impressive scoring prowess #gibbons
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) May 15, 2016
6'8 WF Wyatt Wilkes SE Florida has been sensational. Talk about an intense competitor #Gibbons
— Rick Lewis (@Coach_Rick57) May 15, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
WW: First off. I think I’m a winner. I’ll do anything to win. Second of all. I am a team player. I try to get everybody involved and make everybody happy. Third comes scoring. If you need me to go get you 30 every night, I’ll do it no problem. I can score in any way you want me to. Personally I like passing more than anything. But if you need points, I’ll go get you points.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
WW: 2-4 hours a day. Between weight room, conditioning, and skill drills, sometimes more.
— Team CP25 (@TeamCP25) May 16, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject and any idea of what you’d like to major in when attending college?
WW: At this point I don’t know what I’m going to major in yet. I am good at English and History so I might be going into a field related to one of those.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
WW: I don’t really have interests off the court. I like to do things with my family but my true hobby and love and job is basketball. I grew up playing basketball, and that’s what I’ve always done for fun and always will do.
Wyatt Wilkes is a coaches dream. Shoots it well, incredibly unselfish, comes up big in big games.
— Prep Hoops Florida (@prephoopsfl) May 15, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
WW: Auburn, Clemson, Creighton, Butler, Florida State, Rice, Rutgers, UAB, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia Tech
EM: Do you have a top group of schools that you’re focused on at this point?
WW: Every school is on even ground right now. I don’t have a top five or a list or anything like that at this point.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
WW: Not at the moment, but that is all subject to change
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making the college decision?
WW: #1: Style of play #2: coach stability #3: facilities – Weight room, practice facility etc.
EM: Do you have a timeline for your decision?
WW: I’m going to cut my list down to five at the end of July. Then take my officials soon after that.
Wyatt Wilkes has come up huge for @SE_EliteFL the last 2 games. Made some clutch shots and a block at the buzzer to stay in mix at #Gibbons
— Garrett Tucker (@GTuckerHoops) May 15, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
WW: One of my career goals was to be invited to the NBA Top 100 camp. I was invited. but at the moment I have a broken finger so I’m going to miss it. Other than that I just want to be the best player I can be.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
WW: I’m not going to lie, a lot of things are God given gifts. But gifts don’t just automatically translate into success. The key to success in my opinion is just simply out working everybody else. And when I say work, I mean actually work. Not go to the YMCA and jack threes. But actually train and get better every day. Whether that be by yourself or with a trainer. Everyone doesn’t need a trainer. There are a million Youtube clips on how to get better. You just have to use all your resources.
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