Recruiting Wrap (March 2013)

Recruiting Wrap (March 2013)

More Class of 2014 rankings

The pursuit for the top players in the Class of 2014 will consume college football coaching staffs in the next 10 months.

Rivals.com took a position-by-position look at the top players in the particular class that will come to the forefront in early February during National Signing Day.

Kline weighs in on Illinois

The Illinois men's basketball team will not square off against Marquette tonight in an East Region semifinal game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The task to beat Buzz Williams and his Golden Eagles falls on the shoulders of Miami after the Hurricanes narrowly defeated Illinois 63-59 last Sunday night.

Finke continues development

Michael Finke knows he has work to do before he arrives at Illinois before the 2014-15 season.

Shooting. Passing. Ball handling. Finishing at the rim. Gaining weight.

Those are just a few of the objectives the Champaign Centennial High School forward wants to improve on heading into his senior year with the Chargers.

Simeon duo have stellar senior seasons

The numbers weren't mind-boggling, earth-shattering or awe-inducing.

Yet Chicago Simeon and its standout Jabari Parker, who was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois for the second straight year on Monday, don't win a fourth straight Class 4A state championship without the steady play of Illinois signees Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate.

Hardly.

Weekend Wrap — Bragg helps Vikings win state title

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games.

Colbert talks Illini

Austin Colbert, like most people across the country, filled out an NCAA tournament bracket this week.

While the Illinois signee wouldn’t divulge how far he picked his future team to advance, the 6-foot-9-inch power forward who is originally from Chesapeake, Va., is confident John Groce’s team can make some noise in March.

Matthews shows off versatility

Gary DeCesare goes old-school when comparing Charles Matthews to another basketball player.

Well, old-school in relation to Matthews, who just finished his sophomore season at Chicago St. Rita High School.

“Penny Hardaway,” said DeCesare, Matthews’ coach at St. Rita. “Just because of the size and his versatility.”

Updated look at 2014 rankings

Jahlil Okafor is still the top player.

Cliff Alexander is still in the top 10.

JaQuan Lyle is still a five-star prospect. The same holds true for Leron Black.

Plenty of Illinois recruiting targets in the Class of 2014 still litter Rivals.com's Top 150 list of prospects that was updated and released last Thursday.

Names in 2015 to remember

As it stands, six scholarships are available for the Illinois men’s basketball team and head coach John Groce to dole out on the Class of 2015.

Of course, those numbers could change in the next 20 months until current high school sophomores can sign letters of intent with their respective future schools.

Weekend Wrap — Nunn, Tate help Simeon make history

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games.

The high school basketball season in Illinois has ended, with a few Illinois recruits and targets playing on the final weekend while only a few other targets for John Groce are still playing.