WESTWOOD—UCLA Bruins sophomore basketball star Kristafer Wilkes, 20, announced on Wednesday, March 27 plans to end his college career and hire an agent in hopes of being drafted to the NBA this year on NBA draft picks this year.
As UCLA’s top scorer last season, Wilkes averaged 17.4 points and 4.8 rebounds, but the team failed to match qualifications for the Pac-12. The Bruins after losing to St. Bonaventure failed to earn a bit to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.
Wilkes indicated reasons for looking for an agent included not wanting to be part of a team that failed to keep their promises.
The basketball player tweeted on Wednesday, March 27, “Ever since I was a little kid my dream has been to play in the NBA. To everyone at UCLA, especially to my teammates and coaches, I’m incredibly grateful for all your love and support these past two years, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me, and I will forever be a bruin.”
The 6 foot and 8 inch tall athlete improved his performance compared to previous seasons to improve his chances of being drafted to the NBA. As the Bruins, top scorer for two seasons he averaged 15.5 points, 4.8 rebounds in 66 games.
The 20-year-old attended North Central High school in Indianapolis, starring on the varsity basketball team for four years before he was recruited by scouts to attend UCLA.