One can understand why a true center in the 2021 recruiting class may not have given the Illini a long look. The question of Kofi returning casts a shadow over the roster until the July 7th NBA draft deadline hits.
The class of 2022 should be totally different. Illinois will recruiting with Omar Payne as the only center on the entire roster. The sense of urgency from the Illini staff to find a reliable option in the middle should be something recruits can pick up on. If the staff is getting the right messaging across, recruits should be able to . . .
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