Williams, Jordan on Top 100 list

Williams, Jordan on Top 100 list

At the moment, John Groce has two available scholarships still left for the Class of 2015.

Of course, that number can change between now and mid-November, when the Class of 2015 recruits can first sign letters of intent.

Just look at what transpired after the 2012-13 season for Illinois with the transfers coming and going on a frequent basis.

With the way Groce has taken on transfers in his first two seasons at Illinois, who knows if the trend will stop or not.

So the two available scholarships Illinois has right now for the Class of 2015 might not necessarily go to high school players.

Scout.com released an updated list of the top 100 prep players in the Class of 2015 on Tuesday.

Both wing D.J. Williams from Chicago Simeon and shooting guard Aaron Jordan from Plainfield East, the two high school commits Groce has on board, made the cut.

Williams checks in at No. 36, with Jordan further down the list at No. 86.

Both are four-star recruits.

Illinois has several recruiting targets scattered throughout the list.

Highest among the potential recruits is Diamond Stone.

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound five-star center from Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High School is ranked third in the class, according to Scout.

Another five-star recruit who the Illinois staff has recruited for the past two years is power forward Carlton Bragg.

The 6-9, 210-pound Bragg — currently out with a broken toe — is slotted in at No. 8 in the class.

One more five-star big man Illinois is trying to land, along with more than 20 other schools, is Elijah Thomas.

The 6-9, 250-pound center from Lancaster (Texas) High School finds himself at No. 12 on the rankings.

The first in-state prospect, and one Illinois is pursuing, comes in next in Chicago St. Rita combo guard Charles Matthews (6-4, 185). The five-star recruit is penciled in at No. 15.

Montaque Gill-Caesar, a four-star forward from Huntington Prep (W. Va.) who might reclassify to the Class of 2014, is at No. 19.

Guard Jalen Coleman (6-4, 185) from La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Ind., is another Illinois target, and the four-star recruit lands at No. 25.

The top high school point guard in Illinois, Stevenson's Jalen Brunson (6-0, 165) is ranked 35th.

The entire Illinois coaching staff was in attendance last Friday night for Stevenson's home game against Zion-Benton (Ill.) High School, indicating Illinois is trying to increase attention on Brunson after reports that interest between Illinois and Brunson seemed to cool. Apparently not.

Other players with Illinois offers or interest on the list include Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill High School guard Eric Davis (No. 32), Dallas Kimball High School point guard Jawun Evans (No. 38), Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph point guard Glynn Watson (No. 52), Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon School center Josh Sharma (No. 60), Brownsburg (Ind.) guard K.J. Walton (No. 80), La Lumiere forward Joseph Toye (No. 89) and East Chicago (Ind.) Central point guard Hyron Edwards (No. 91).


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