Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Country,” your every day dose of college basketball information from Illini conquer author and AP Major 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll provide up insights every single early morning on Brad Underwood’s team:
Illinois’ four Class of 2022 signees didn’t wind up on the MaxPreps All-American listing soon after the 2021-22 time despite the fact that virtually a dozen recruits Brad Underwood and Co. presented and pursued at 1 place did. The Illini did have some likely prospective clients on the junior, sophomore and freshmen lists. The rundown …
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Omaha Biliew, Link Academy (Mo.)
The 6-foot-8 ahead place up 8.6 details, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks for each game on a loaded, balanced staff. The Lions went 32-4 and achieved the GEICO Nationals championship sport in which they shed to Montverde Academy (Fla.) earlier this month.
J.J. Taylor, Donda Academy (Calif.)
The Chicago indigenous still left a stacked Kenwood team past drop to be a part of up with the even much more stacked new software on the west coast started by Kanye West. The 6-8 wing in the long run averaged 18 details and 6.6 rebounds in 2021-22.
Wesley Yates III, Beaumont United (Texas)
Yates performed an integral purpose in the Timberwolves’ 36-3 year that ended with a UIL Class 5A state championship. The 6-4 guard set new occupation highs in scoring (19.7 ppg) and rebounding (4. rpg) while also averaging 2.8 steals and 2. assists.
Bryson Tucker, Mount St. Joseph (Md.)
Tucker helped the Gaels (32-7) win their initially Baltimore Catholic League title because 2017. The 6-6 wing acquired BCL Initially Team honors for the to start with time and averaged 22 factors, 6 rebounds and 4 helps.
Liam McNeeley, John Paul II (Texas)
McNeeley was also a state champion this season in Texas. The 6-7 ahead set up 16.8 points and 9.1 rebounds for each sport and assisted guide the Cardinals (31-7) to a TAPPS Course 6A title.
Jamari Phillips, Modesto Christian (Calif.)
Phillips picked up his Illinois give in late January and then went on to guide the Crusaders (30-6) to the CIF Open Division condition championship video game exactly where they lost to powerhouse Centennial. The 6-3 guard averaged 22.9 details for his sophomore time.
Johnuel “Boogie” Fland, Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.)
Fland, who performs for the identical program that made previous Illinois guard Alan Griffin, averaged 14.4 factors, five rebounds and 2.7 helps and helped lead the Crusaders (26-4) to the CHSAA Class AA championship game.
Jahki Howard, Donda Academy (Calif.)
Howard still left powerhouse Norcross (Ga.) to transfer to Donda Academy and finally gave up a condition championship back dwelling in the method. The 6-6 wing place up 14 points for every activity for the initially-12 months plan in Simi Valley, Calif.
Koa Peat, Perry (Ariz.)
1 of the latest Illini presents, Peat’s high school debut provided a Course 6A condition championship for the Pumas (25-5). The 6-8 forward averaged 15.6 points and 6.3 rebounds for the season.
Trey McKenney, St. Mary’s Prep (Mich.)
McKenney was one particular of the 1st Class of 2025 prospective customers Illinois offered, and he place up 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds as a entire-time starter for the Eaglets (20-5).