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As summer turns to fall, it’s hard to imagine the sneaker wars still being on-going without a respite, but the weekend’s events were a perfect illustration of the high-stakes world of elite recruits. Under Armour’s longtime Elite 24 event was once again televised on ESPNU, but like last year, Nike decided to offer an alternative …
Author: K.J. Hassenstab
Posted: August 22, 2016, 4:01 am
Illinois continued its hot streak in the 2017 recruiting cycle, landing a verbal commitment from 6′-4″ guard Trent Frazier of Wellington (FL) after a visit to campus. Frazier is the third top-125 prospect committed to Illinois in the 2017 class, in what is currently ranked as a top-5 class nationally. Blue chip center Jeremiah Tilmon is the centerpiece …
Author: K.J. Hassenstab
Posted: August 22, 2016, 3:24 am
6′-8″ power forward Carte’Are Gordon of Webster Groves (MO) is currently ranked No. 26 nationally in the 2018 class. Given that status there’s no surprise that as he narrowed his list of contending college basketball programs to eleven, it contains many of college basketball’s blue bloods. Notre Dame, Kansas, Oklahoma State, USC, Kentucky, SMU, Missouri, Texas, …
Author: K.J. Hassenstab
Posted: August 19, 2016, 2:09 pm
Two weeks after trimming his list to eleven high-major programs, 6′-8 forward Kris Wilkes (the No. 17 prospect nationally) of North Central (IN) chopped his list even further on Sunday night. Now, only Indiana, Illinois, UCLA, Connecticut and Xavier are the schools left in the mix for Wilkes. A star forward for the UA Indy Hoosiers …
Author: K.J. Hassenstab
Posted: August 15, 2016, 3:35 am
As the summer live evaluation periods have closed, several college basketball programs have already got a quality job on their 2017 recruiting classes, and are off to a hot start. With the No. 2 player overall in the 2017 class, Michael Porter along with a quality backcourt in Blake Harris and Jaylen Nowell, along with high-potential big man Mamoudou Diarra, …
Author: K.J. Hassenstab
Posted: August 13, 2016, 2:43 pm
Jordan Goodwin, a 6′-4″ shooting guard from Althoff (IL) and a Top 50 prospect nationally in the 2017 class, announced his commitment to Saint Louis on Friday. Northwestern and Illinois were also factors in Goodwin’s recruitment, and Butler, Creighton, Missouri and Alabama also made his top seven school before he announced. For new head coach …
Author: K.J. Hassenstab
Posted: August 13, 2016, 4:22 am

Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsTracy Abrams (Sr)Te'Jon Lucas (So)Te'Jon Lucas (Jr)Te'Jon Lucas (Sr)
Jaylon Tate (Sr)Da'Monte Williams (Fr)Da'Monte Williams (So)Da'Monte Williams (Jr)
Te'Jon Lucas (Fr)Trent Frazier (Fr)Trent Frazier (So)Trent Frazier (Jr)
WingsMalcolm Hill (Sr)Jalen Coleman-Lands (Jr)Jalen Coleman-Lands (Sr)Javon Pickett (Jr)
Jalen Coleman-Lands (So)Aaron Jordan (Jr)Aaron Jordan (Sr)
Aaron Jordan (So)D.J. Williams (Jr)D.J. Williams (Sr)
D.J. Williams (So)Javon Pickett (Fr)Javon Pickett (So)
PostsMaverick Morgan (Sr)LeRon Black (Jr)LeRon Black (Sr)Kipper Nichols (Sr)
Mike Thorne (Sr)Michael Finke (Jr)Michael Finke (Sr)Jeremiah Tilmon (Jr)
LeRon Black (So)Kipper Nichols (So)Kipper Nichols (Jr)
Michael Finke (So)Jeremiah Tilmon (Fr)Jeremiah Tilmon (So)
Kipper Nichols (Fr)

Incoming Recruits

Class of 2017

NameHeightPositionSchool (State)TypeStatus
Da'Monte Williams6'-3"PGManual (IL)HSVerbal
Javon Pickett6'-5"SGBelleville East (IL)HSVerbal
Jeremiah Tilmon6'-10"CEast Saint Louis (IL)HSVerbal
Trent Frazier6'-4"PGWellington (FL)HSVerbal