Recruiting Wrap (August 2013)

Finke pushing hard for Black

The possibility of Leron Black committing to Illinois goes beyond basketball for Michael Finke.

"Right now, I'm just looking for a roommate," Finke said with a laugh. "It'd be cool to have another high school kid in my class."


Kline on Black: 'This would be a huge get'

Ask Alex Kline about a top recruit and chances are he's seen them play.

Enter Leron Black, a top priority for John Groce and his staff.

The power forward from White Station (Tenn.) High School is set to visit Illinois this weekend.


Leron Black 101

Five-star power forward Leron Black is set to take an official visit to Illinois this weekend.

While we've written about the White Station (Tenn.) product who initially committed to Baylor only to de-commit from Scott Drew's program in early January, here's some extra info to get your Wednesday started.

Black's profile on 247Sports


Alexander, Curie unlikely to play in shootout

Brian Easter is working on the name.

And finding one more team.

But the Champaign Centennial athletic director who is in charge of the high school basketball event known in years past as the Shootout at the Hall is close to finalizing the field.

Even if it likely won’t feature one of the country’s top seniors in Chicago Curie’s Cliff Alexander.


Weekend Wrap — Allison shines for Reivers

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


Michigan offensive lineman in town Thursday

Getting another offensive lineman is a priority for Tim Beckman when it comes to the Class of 2014.

Right now, Illinois has one: center Nick Allegretti from Lincoln-Way East.

A possible future teammate of Allegretti’s is planning a visit to Illinois this week.

Today in fact.


With a name like Geronimo, Allison should stand out

Geronimo Allison makes no excuses.

He didn’t have the grades to cut it in college.

At least not initially coming out of Spoto (Fla.) High School.


Finke gives Black a sales pitch

Michael Finke played against Leron Black on the AAU circuit in July.

Yes, the Champaign Centennial forward and only commit in the Class of 2014 for John Groce pushed for Black, a high priority for Groce’s staff, to consider Illinois.

But no, Finke didn’t get a confirmation from the White Station (Tenn.) power forward about his college plans.


Tyrin Stone-Davis: 'I felt wanted'

The beard is the tell-all.

Tyrin Stone-Davis has a full one.

Tyree Stone-Davis is not a big proponent of facial hair.

If it wasn’t for the one cosmetic difference, you might have a hard time telling the identical twins — two Class of 2014 junior college players from Pierce College in Los Angeles who verbally committed to the Illinois within 48 hours — apart.


Tyree Stone-Davis: 'I love Big Ten football'

Tyree Stone-Davis isn't shy about what he prefers.

Pro-style offenses. Man coverage.

Don’t give the Philadelphia native any spread or gimmick-like offenses.

Like what he sees when he watches Pac-12 teams.


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