Illinois men’s basketball fans in Champaign won’t have to travel far to see one of John Groce’s recruits.
Michael Finke of Centennial plays his home games for the Chargers about 10 minutes away from the State Farm Center.
For those who will head south this winter at any point, pit stops in Louisville and Memphis might pop up on the travel plans.
That’s where you can check out recent commits Leron Black from White Station (Tenn.) High School and Quentin Snider from Ballard (Ky.) High School.
Want to get an early start on the logistics? Here’s a look at the schedules for two of the three future Illini this winter (still waiting on a finalized schedule from White Station).
All games are against in-state opponents unless indicated and all times are Central Standard Time.
Committed: Dec. 12, 2012
2013-14 Centennial schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 27 vs. Cahokia at Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 vs. Danville at Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29 vs. Morton at Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30 vs. TBA at Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament, TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Normal Community, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 at Champaign Central, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. TBA at Shootout at the Hall, TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 10 vs. Decatur MacArthur, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 vs. Urbana, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20 at Normal West, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 28 at State Farm Classic, Bloomington and Normal
Tuesday, Jan. 7 vs. Danville, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 vs. Bloomington, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17 at Decatur Eisenhower, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 21 vs. Mahomet-Seymour, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 24 vs. Normal Community, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Decatur MacArthur, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31 vs. Champaign Central, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Urbana, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 at Bloomington, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 vs. Normal West, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Kankakee, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28 vs. Decatur Eisenhower, 7:30 p.m.
Game to watch: Cahokia. Finke and the Chargers were stifled by the Comanches in last year’s opener, with Cahokia easily winning 77-56 and Finke only finishing with seven points and five rebounds. Cahokia placed second in state in Class 3A last March and is led by Missouri-Kansas City commit Darius Austin.
Committed: Sept. 13, 2013
2013-14 Ballard schedule
Monday, Dec. 2 vs. Scott County, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 vs. Seneca, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 vs. Christian Academy of Louisville, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 at Louisville Male, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Dec. 23 at King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic in Fairdale, Ky.
Thursday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 28 at Whataburger Classic in Forth Worth, Texas
Saturday, Jan. 4 vs. Evansville (Ind.) Bosse, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 7 vs. Kentucky Country Day, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10 at Waggener, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Jan. 18 in Louisville Invitational Tournament
Friday, Jan. 24 at Louisville Eastern, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Doss, TBA
Friday, Jan. 31 at St. Xavier, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7 vs. Atherton, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 vs. Louisville Central, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 at Louisville Western, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 vs. Louisville duPont Manual, 6:30 p.m.
Game to watch: Ballard, the state runner-up in Kentucky’s one-class system last March, aren’t scheduled to face any teams in the regular season that made Kentucky’s Sweet Sixteen last season. Ballard’s trip to Forth Worth during the holidays for the Whataburger Classic should expose Snider and Co. to some of the top teams in Texas, which are many.