Illinois basketball team receives official visit from 5-star elite recruit

The Illinois basketball team has an important new addition for an official visit to Champaign this week.

The Illini have built great momentum with the class of 2025 so far. Although it is only one commitment, Brad Underwood was able to secure a commitment from talented point guard Jeremiah Fears.

Fears is a member of the U.S. national under-18 team and hasn't even started his senior year yet. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard is considered a four-star recruit and the No. 32 player in the class of 2025.

While it looks like Underwood has secured a key building block for the future of the Illinois backcourt, we are now trying to recruit a great frontcourt player.

On Sunday night, 247Sports' Travis Branham reported that Will Riley will take three official visits this week, one of which will be to Illinois.

Riley is a 6-foot-8, 195-pound small forward from the Phelps School in Pennsylvania. He is considered a five-star recruit and is the No. 9 player in the class of 2025. He is also the No. 2 small forward in the country and the No. 2 player coming out of Pennsylvania.

Honestly, this official visit is a bit of a shock. Illinois offered the forward an offer in December. In March, he whittled his list down to 10 teams, and the Illini didn't make the cut. He whittled his list down again to five teams, and the Illini didn't make the cut. Now we're getting an official visit.

At this point, I'm very happy with the position Illinois is in with recruiting Riley. Less than a month ago, we weren't even in the running and now we're getting an official visit, which means there's been a big change somewhere.

I imagine there are several things that go into Riley's recruitment. Money will obviously play a role in any recruitment. The second factor is probably the recruitment of Orlando Antigua. I know he's not the be all and end all, but it's no surprise that after his recruitment we are now contenders for a great frontcourt talent.

When I say great talent in the frontcourt, I mean great. Riley is incredible. He put up some great numbers this summer on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit. Competing for Uplay Canada, Riley has averaged 21.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. His shooting stats aren't bad either, as Riley is shooting 49.6% from the field, 31.7% from three-point range and 79.0% from the free throw line.

It's great to hear Illinois is considering Riley. We need more frontcourt support for 2025 and beyond.

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