John Groce has really got it on the recruiting trail.
No, Illinois isn’t about to become Kentucky, but the Illini may be steadily closing the gap. A year after landing the No. 2 recruiting class in the Big 10, Coach John Groce has his Class of 2016 off to a strong start with the pledge of point guard recruit Te’Jon Lucas.
Lucas, a four-star recruit who ranks in the top-20 overall point guard recruits nationwide, announced his commitment to Illinois on Wednesday in a ceremony at Lucas’ Washington High School of Information Technology in Milwaukee, picking the Illini over scholarship offers from the likes of USC, Purdue, Memphis and a host of mid-majors who have recently earned NCAA Tournament berths.
While it’s too early to know the full extent of Lucas’ commitment, the player himself is very confident that he’ll help usher in a new era of success in Chapaign Urbana, starting when he takes his official visit.
“I just felt like it was the right time, and in my gut I felt like I knew where I wanted to be,” Lucas told The News-Gazette. “I visited some schools; I went on an unofficial to Illinois and felt like that’s where I needed to be.
“We’ll be celebrating instead of just showing me around and persuading me to come.”