Day: March 30, 2017

Brad Underwood Gives Illini Strong Identity in Tough Recruiting Waters

It’s no secret that Chicagoland is one of the best breeding grounds for high school basketball prospects in the country. With the emergence of the St. Louis area and downstate Illinois to coincide with nearby Indiana, the Midwest is a major hotbed for recruiting. The Illini fared well with now-departed head coach John Groce in tough circumstances surrounding the team’s record, landing a top-ten national recruiting class for 2017, according to 247Sports rankings. Illinois landed Jermiah Tilmon, the 29th nationally-ranked big man from East St. Louis and four-star guards Trent Frazier of Wellington, Florida and DaMonte Williams of Peoria,...

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