Bollant can recruit, too
Much was made in the past few months about the splash John Groce has made on the recruiting trail.
While the job the Illinois men's basketball coach has done is no doubt impressive, let's not forget about another basketball coach on the Illinois campus.
Matt Bollant hasn't done a shabby job either.
The Illinois women's basketball coach signed three Class of 2014 products three weeks ago.
Forward Chatrice White from Shelby (Neb.) High School, point guard Amarah Coleman from Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) High School and shooting guard Brooke Kissinger from Minden (Neb.) High School.
Along with the trio who are going through their senior seasons, Illinois will have an unofficial fourth member of the Class of 2014.
Junior Kyley Simmons is sitting out this season after transferring from Missouri.
"She's probably as skilled as any point guard in the country," Bollant said of Simmons. "She's practicing with us, and we see he every day and wish she was on the floor."
Coleman, Kissinger and White help Illinois' Class of 2014 land 23rd in the country, according to Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
It is the third-highest ranked Big Ten class, only behind the classes assembled at Ohio State and Nebraska, and second straight year Illinois has landed a top-25 class.
White is the headliner of the class and is ranked the 27th-best prospect in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz.
"She's an unbelievable rebounder and has good hands," Bollant said. "I'm sure we're biased, but this summer, I would say we didn't see another post player that we thought was better than Chatrice White. She's certainly in the top two or three post kids in the whole country. We asked her to believe in a vision. She chose to come here and invest in us and be part of something special."
Coleman — a stepsister to Illinois freshman point guard Jaylon Tate — is ranked 81st in the class by ESPN HoopGurlz.
"Amarah is a big-time athlete who handles the ball extremely well," Bollant said. "She can get baseline to baseline as fast as anyone in the country and has a great motor. She's a perfect combo-guard for an up-tempo program."
Kissinger, the first commit in the class for Bollant, is known for her outside shooting.
"I've seen her make five or more threes in eight different games," Bollant said. "Her ability to score, along with her great feet and a drive to be great, make her a huge asset to our program."