Black, Snider in Rivals' top 50
To the surprise of no one, Jahlil Okafor held on to the top spot.
In Rivals.com’s Top 150 players rankings released on Wednesday, the Chicago Whitney Young center — who still has Illinois among his final eight schools — garnered the top ranking for the Class of 2014 prospects.
Illinois has one of its two commits in 2014 on the list.
White Station (Tenn.) combo forward Leron Black is slotted in at No. 41 and is listed as a four-star recruit.
Michael Finke, a forward from Centennial who has cracked the Top 150 list in the past, usually towards the bottom five spots, is not on the revised list.
Cliff Alexander, a serious recruiting target for John Groce, is positioned at No. 4.
The Chicago Curie power forward only trails Okafor, SMU guard commit Emmanuel Mudiay and Mater Dei (Calif.) forward Stanley Johnson, with Okafor’s good friend, point guard Tyus Jones from Apple Valley (Minn.) sliding down to No. 5.
Another primary focus for Illinois in the Class of 2014, point guard Quentin Snider, finds himself ahead of Black on the list.
The Louisville (Ky.) Ballard prospect, who was slated to visit Illinois the last weekend in September, but is now set up to take an official visit to Illinois this weekend, is ranked at No. 31.
The former Louisville commit lists Illinois, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, UCLA and USC among his final seven schools.
Aside from Okafor and Alexander, the state of Illinois is well-represented on Rivals’ newest rankings.
Ohio State commit Keita Bates-Diop, a small forward from Normal U-High, is ranked 24th and Marian Catholic point guard Tyler Ulis, who is reportedly down to a final three of Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan State, checks in at No. 33.
Whitney Young power forward Paul White, who has a top five of Arizona, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown and Minnesota, is at No. 54, Marquette commit Malek Harris, a small forward from Orland Park Carl Sandburg, is at No. 77 and Chicago Morgan Park small forward Josh Cunningham, a DePaul commit, is at No. 80.
Three other Illinois prep players make the rankings.
Vic Law, a small forward from Chicago St. Rita who is headed to Northwestern, is at No. 86, Larry Austin Jr., a combo guard from Springfield Lanphier who is bound for Tennessee, is slotted at No. 111 and Ethan Happ, a forward from Rockridge who is committed to Wisconsin, is pegged at No. 140.