Just a day after Florida State basketball got a commitment from three-star legacy recruit Anthony Polite, the team picked up yet another commitment, this time from 2017 three-star forward Wyatt Wilkes. After Polite’s commitment on Tuesday, Tomahawk Nation’s lead basketball analyst Michael Rogner tweeted this:
FSU class now has a lockdown defender, a point-forward, and a versatile big guard. Need an elite shooter to round out class— Michael Rogner (@TN_Hoops) August 30, 2016
For review in referencing the above tweet: the lockdown defender is Bryan Trimble; the point-forward is RaiQuan Gray; and the versatile big guard is Polite. It didn’t take long for Rogner’s wish to come true, as Wilkes, an elite shooter from Winter Park (FL) announced for FSU less than 24 hours later. This is yet another player from Florida (Gray/Polite) for Leonard Hamilton, as the coach continues to rack up the in-state talent (trending upward since Billy Donovan left Gainesville for the NBA). Rogner added this on Tuesday about the grandson of Stetson’s former Hall of Fame coach Glenn Wilkes: “I thought Wilkes would be a top 50 player, but then he stopped growing. Still would love him in the class and I think he's ours to lose."
The 6’7 200 lb. athlete was ranked the 158th overall player in the nation and 36th best power forward according to 247 composite rankings, while HoopSeen ranks Wilkes 124th in the nation and 13th in the state of Florida. The newest Seminole had a total of 14 offers, including Butler, Clemson, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech among others. As of now, Wilkes still has a scheduled visit to Tallahassee on September 9th.
The 2017 Florida State basketball class now ranks 13th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC with its four total commitments according to 247. HoopSeen thinks even more highly of the class, as they have FSU in their top-10. The ‘Noles seem to be continuing their great recruiting success after having the 11th best class in the nation, each of the past two years according to 247 composite rankings. Now, they need to make sure and advance to the NCAA Tournament this season, so things will stay in tact.