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North Central’s Kris Wilkes Wins Indiana Mr. Basketball, Homestead’s Karissa McLaughlin Wins Indiana Miss Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Star announced the winners of the Indiana Mr. Basketball as well as the Indiana Miss Basketball on Thursday night, as Kris Wilkes from North Central High School was the winner on the boys side while Karissa McLaughlin was named Miss Basketball on the girls side.

Wilkes, was a four-year star at North Central, where he averaged 21.9 points-per-game as a senior this past season. He also averaged 6.9 rebounds-per-game and shot nearly 40-percent from behind the arc. He becomes the fourth Panther to win the title, the first since Eric Gordon in 2007. But, North Central also now ties with the record for the most Indiana Mr. Basketball winners to come from their school with Anderson, Marion and Washington.

The 6-7 forward will go on to play at UCLA next year and play for former Indiana Mr. Basketball Steve Alford. 

Wilkes, earned the right to be a McDonald’s All-American and led North Central to their second straight sectional championship this year. Unfortunately, like last season, they lost in the regional semifinal, this time to Ben Davis at Southport.

But, it was a phenomenal career for Wilkes as the Mr. Basketball award is much deserved. He’s the sixth straight Mr. Basketball to play out of state for college and eighth in the last 10 years.

Wiles, is also the fourth Mr. Basketball recipient in the last six years to win the award, but not win the state championship that season too. He joins, Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern) 2012, Zak Irvin (Hamilton Southeastern) 2013 and Kyle Guy (Lawrence Central) 2016 as players to do so. The only players since 2012 to win the Mr. Basketball award and the state title in the same season was Trey Lyles (Tech) 2014 and Caleb Swanigan (Homestead) 2015.

Speaking of Homestead High School, that’s where McLaughlin played at for all four seasons, three on the varsity level. Unlike Wilkes, she led her school to a state championship in 4A, and helped guide Homestead to an 80-8 overall record in three varsity basketball seasons, scoring 2,586 career points.

As a senior, she averaged 25.9 points-per-game while dishing out 5.6 assists-per-game. She also grabbed 3.6 rebounds-per-contest and has 2.7 steals-per-game.

She too was committed to go to college out of state, with committing to Florida. But, when the Gators fired their coach, she asked to be released from her commitment. Now, she’s still undecided on where to go. Indiana and Purdue are on her lists as possible destinations.

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