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Wyatt Wilkes: The coaches feel like my second family

Wyatt Wilkes is a three-star forward out of Winter Park, FL. He starred at Winter Park High School during his prep career.

Wilkes projects to play small forward at the next level and has a good frame at 6’7” 200 lbs.

His all-around skills will be an asset for Florida State for the next couple seasons. Wilkes has a nice shot from three, which he is still working on perfecting. He also can pass, and he likes to play defense.

The Seminoles are going after long and versatile prospects. The shortest player in the 2017 class is 6’3” while the other four are 6’6” or taller.

Check out my interview with Wyatt below!

You can also view my interview with Bryan Trimble here and RaiQuan Gray here.

NoleGameday: You’re ranked as one of the best players in Florida. What went into your decision to sign with FSU?

Wyatt Wilkes: “It was a family atmosphere. A lot of places like to tell you can start here, you can be a star here, you can go to the league here. I don’t know how many times I heard that. It all just sounded the same. I get to Florida State and they say ‘look, you’re even with everybody else, you’re not different from everyone else.’ and I was like, wow, that’s different. The coaches also feel like my second family. Whenever I go up there or get off the phone with them I feel a connection. The playing style was huge, I like to get out and run and shoot threes. I’m a pass first guy so I like getting out on the break and slinging passes and getting guys open.”

NoleGameday: Who was the runner-up in your recruitment?

Wilkes: “Butler. It was really close. I was sitting there with my family and coach calls me. I say to coach. Coach, I have two questions for you. One, am I going to have a chance to play? And two…oh shoot what did I ask him next…honestly I’ve forgotten since I’ve committed haha but I haven’t regretted this decision at all.”

NoleGameday: Did you speak with any of the current players at FSU or members of the 2017 recruiting class before your decision?

Wilkes: “I didn’t really talk to the guys, I’ve known them for awhile. You just have to make the decision that’s right for you.”

NoleGameday: What part of your game do you feel like sets you apart at the next level?

Wilkes: “I can really pass. Like yeah, I can shoot, yeah I can rebound, yeah I can defend. But I can really pass the ball. Like I can legitimately hit you with guys on you, even if you’re completely covered.”

NoleGameday: Who are you most excited to play with?

Wilkes: “Anthony Polite, he play’s the two and I play the three. In AAU, we’d guard each other and we used to have battles. We’d go at it on the court. Just talking trash, he’s a little quiet since he’s from Switzerland, but when it came to me, we’d go at it.”

NoleGameday: You’re expected to play the three in college, how have you been preparing for the step up in competition and intensity?

Wilkes: “I wouldn’t say I’ve changed anything I’ve ever done. I’ve always tried to work as hard and smartly as I can. The thing that will help me the most is playing with guys that are good as me or better than me every day. I go to the gym, get shots up, skill work, I lift and I’m a conditioning monster. Playing with guys that are really good helps me. Learning their moves and how they’ll react to something I’ll do helps. I played pickup with Courtney Lee and Chandler Parsons over the summer and it taught me a lot of things. Practicing with guys who are really athletic and can defend will really help you learn on where you can improve.”

NoleGameday: What has been your most memorable moment in your career so far?

Wilkes: “I wouldn’t say there’s one memorable moment. Everything in my basketball career I expected to happen. Committing, I expected that, I worked my whole life to commit to a college. Winning the state championship? I told the local newspaper at the beginning of the season that we were going to win. Every good game, I’ve told the guy I was gonna score on him. I’m grateful for the great things that have happened but they’re not overly memorable because I expected it.”

NoleGameday: What kinds of things are you working on refining before you get to Florida State?

Wilkes: “When I was in the eighth grade, my Dad and I started doing this thing every summer where we would work on every specific skill. I’m at the point where I think I’m pretty good at every skill and I’m working to perfect them. And I don’t think you can ever perfect a skill, but it’s a constant pursuit.”

NoleGameday: What will you be studying at FSU?

Wilkes: “I’m majoring in communications and minoring in broadcasting.”

NoleGameday: Do you have any goals or things you want to achieve during your freshman season?

Wilkes: “People have laughed at me when I’ve said this, I think we’re going to win a national championship. I said that freshman year of high school and went out and won a state championship so why not shoot for the stars?”

 

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.

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