Basketball Recruitment

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Jayden Epps
Position: Point Guard
Height & weight: 6'2" 195
School & Town: King's Fork HS, Suffolk, VA
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 4

Description:

Committed!!  July 13, 2021

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Sencire Harris
Position: Combo Guard
Height & weight: 6'3" 170
School & Town: St. Vincent-St. Mary's, Akron, OH
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 4

Description:

Committed July 2021!!

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Braden Huff
Position: Power Forward
Height & weight: 6'9" 200
School & Town: Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn, IL
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 4

Description:

One of the top players in Illinois in the upcoming senior class.  Huff has offers from Creighton, DePaul, Minnesota, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.

Analyst’s Take:

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Cameron Corhen
Position: Center
Height & weight: 6'9" 205
School & Town: John Paul II, Allen, TX
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 3

Description:

High motor big man, stretches the floor.  Cam has at least 17 offers including Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, and Virginia Tech.

Analyst’s Take:

Cam had a good visit to the U of I campus on June 21st.  He's close to assistant coach Chester Frazier dating back to his Virginia Tech days and that relationship has put Illinois in the running to land this Texas big man.  About Frazier - "That's my guy, outside of just basketball and recruiting.  He's like a big brother to me now.  I like him a lot."

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Cam Whitmore
Position: Small Forward
Height & weight: 6'6" 200
School & Town: Archbishop Spalding HS, Severn, MD
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 4

Description:

Villanova, North Carolina, and Maryland among the teams chasing this do-it-all small forward.

Analyst’s Take:

Whitmore has confirmed that he will visit Illinois for the Nebraska game on August 28th.

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Jaden Schutt
Position: Shooting Guard
Height & weight: 6'5" 175
School & Town: Yorkville Christian, Yorkville, IL
Class: 2022
AAU Team: Illinois Wolves
Composite Rating: 3

Description:

Arguably the nation's best pure shooter in the 2022 class.  Numerous offers.

Analyst’s Take:

Visited campus in June after Underwood took over the lead role on his recruitment.  Considered a Michigan State lean, but visited East Lansing this summer and left without committing.  Iowa and Kentucky among the others who are chasing.

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A.J. Casey
Position: Power Forward
Height & weight: 6'8" 180
School & Town: Whitney Young HS, Chicago, IL
Class: 2022
AAU Team: Meanstreets
Composite Rating: 4

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Christ Essandoko
Position: Center
Height & weight: 6'11" 260
School & Town: Winston-Salem Prep, Paris, France
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 3

Description:

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A.J. Storr
Position: Shooting Guard
Height & weight: 6'5" 180
School & Town: Compass Prep (AZ)/Kankakee, IL
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 3

Description:

Underrated big guard committed to the Illini after a national breakout game in early April, then decommitted in early May.  Has seen his recruitment skyrocket since then, with offers from Creighton, Kansas, LSU, and Texas, among others.

Analyst’s Take:

The ruffled feathers appear to have been smoothed over after a very positive experience for Storr and his mom on their first-ever visit to campus in early June.  He will be back on campus in the fall.  Illinois is still very much in the game to land this talented wing.

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Denzel Aberdeen
Position: Point Guard
Height & weight: 6'4" 175
School & Town: Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, FL
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 3

Description:

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Kel'el Ware
Position: Center
Height & weight: 6'11" 210
School & Town: North Little Rock (HS), AR
Class: 2022
AAU Team: All Arkansas Red
Composite Rating: 5

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Felix Okpara
Position: Center
Height & weight: 6'10" 220
School & Town: Hamilton Heights Christian, Chattanooga, TN
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 4

Description:

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Dominick Barlow
Position: Power Forward
Height & weight: 6'9" 205
School & Town: St. Benedict Prep, Newark, NJ
Class: 2022
AAU Team: Renaissance Hoops
Composite Rating: 3

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Mady Traore
Position: Power Forward
Height & weight: 6'11" 195
School & Town: National Christian Academy, Cumberland, MD
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 4

Description:

The native of France has a 7'3" wingspan.  He's an excellent shot blocker who has developed a nice outside shot.

Analyst’s Take:

Quiet at the moment, but the Illini are still in the game.  Chester Frazier recruited him at Virginia Tech, so no ground lost on familiarity.  Kansas is also in the mix.

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Jarace Walker
Position: Power Forward
Height & weight: 6'7" 220
School & Town: IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 5

Description:

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Danilo Jovanovich
Position: Small Forward
Height & weight: 6'6" 180
School & Town: Whitnall HS, Greenfield, WI
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 3

Description:

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Danny Wolf
Position: Power Forward
Height & weight: 6'10" 220
School & Town: Northfield Mount Hermon (MA), Chicago, IL
Class: 2022
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 2

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Jeremy Fears
Position: Point Guard
Height & weight: 6'1" 165
School & Town: LaLumiere School, LaPorte, IN
Class: 2023
AAU Team:
Composite Rating: 4

Description:

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Owen Freeman
Position: Power Forward
Height & weight: 6'9" 220
School & Town: Bradley-Bourbonnais, Bradley, IL
Class: 2023
AAU Team: MidPro
Composite Rating:

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Illinois was the first to offer Owen in October, 2020.  He also has offers from Butler, Iowa, Marquette, Ohio State, Purdue, Wake Forest, Western Illinois, and Wisconsin.

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Ty Pence
Position: Small Forward
Height & weight: 6'6" 180
School & Town: St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, IL
Class: 2023
AAU Team: Mid Pro
Composite Rating:

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