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‘That’s the school that wants me’: Indiana basketball standing out for 2025 prospect



The Indiana basketball program is sticking out for 2025 prospect Jacob Wilkins, son of NBA star Dominique Wilkins. (Jacob Wilkins - @RYZEHoops / Twitter)

June 15 was the first day that class of 2025 prospects could receive direct contact from college coaches and the Indiana basketball program didn’t shy away from making a direct impact.

While the IU staff was already extremely active with numerous 2025 targets, other names began to hit the recruiting board.

One name that had been on the list for the past few months was 2025 forward Jacob Wilkins. Wilkins, the son of Dominique Wilkins, is known for his length and tremendous athletic ability. While the 6-foot-7 forward from Grayson (Ga.) High School is unranked, that will surely change over the next few months. Wilkins played for Parkview (Ga.) High School last season but was on the Grayson roster this past weekend for a team event.

Currently he holds offers from Indiana, Georgia and Alabama with interest from numerous other high-major programs.

While Georgia is his dad’s alma mater, the Indiana basketball program is sticking out for the time being.

“They just like my game. They have been after me since December. That’s the school that wants me,” Wilkins told 247Sports national analyst Travis Branham of Indiana.

The Indiana basketball staff has been on hand to watch Wilkins numerous times throughout the first few live evaluation periods of the summer. Both assistants Kenya Hunter and Yasir Rosemond have see him.

Wilkins was a standout performer at the recent Nike Elite 100 camp as well.

“In terms of sheer wow moments, no one had more than Jacob Wilkins,” 247Sports national reporter Adam Finkelstein wrote. “Whether he was shutting the gym down by dunking over top of a contesting defender, freezing a defender with a pass-fake before elevating into another hammer, or grabbing a loose ball off the floor and whipping a behind the back pass in one fluid motion, there were multiple moments of glaring talent. He’s lanky, undeveloped physically, and in the very earliest stages of his development, but he was arguably the best athlete here and equally light on his feet.”

Time will tell how much Indiana will push in this recruitment as it is pursuing many high-profile wings in the 2024 class, as well as high-profile prospects in the 2025 class. But, it’s worth noting the initial impression the Indiana basketball program has left on Wilkins.

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Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.