Illini target Guerrier stopping in C-U this weekend

Illini target Guerrier stopping in C-U this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Quincy Guerrier narrowed his list of potential college basketball destinations to three on Wednesday night. It was more a formality than anything else given he'd already visited Oregon and Syracuse — the supposed favorites for his commitment — and had a visit scheduled at Illinois starting Friday.

Guerrier's official visit to the Illinois campus, though, will give him a firsthand look at how the Illini stack up with the Ducks and the Orange and gives the Illini perhaps the final word on his recruitment.

"I'm looking for the best fit and how I'm going to have my relationship with the coaches and if I'm going to play a lot in my freshman year," Guerrier said.

"School is important to me, but it's important most to my mom. If I'm going to be a one-and-done or (stay) two years, she wants to make sure I'm going to go back to school or get online courses to finish my degree."

Guerrier said he intends to announce his commitment a week or two after his visit to Illinois.

"Just my feelings," Guerrier continued. "If I'm feeling this place better than the other two, I'm going to choose this place."

Illinois, Oregon and Syracuse all have one thing in common that has helped each program in recruiting the four-star prospect — an open scholarship available now. That's important because Guerrier intends to enroll in December and get a jumpstart on his college career.

All three programs are obviously on board with his plan, but Guerrier said the Illini haven't discounted him playing immediately should he join the team for the second semester. That has piqued his interest in Illinois.

"They want me to play right away because they think I'm ready," Guerrier said. "Not just to play, but they want me to play and be a leader — one of the best scorers on the team. They think I can make it."

Guerrier lit up the adidas Gauntlet circuit this spring and summer for Brookwood Elite. The 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing dropped three 30-point games and averaged 24.2 points in his final AAU season mixing respectable 36 percent three-point shooting, a reliable mid-range game and his ability to attack — and finish above — the rim.

Don't be fooled by Guerrier's ranking outside the top 100 in the 247Sports Composite. Only 247Sports itself ranks Canadian players and has the Quebec City native — the top-ranked player in Canada — at No. 48 overall in the 2019 class.

"I'm a scoring machine," Guerrier said. "I play with a lot of energy, and I'm crashing the boards. I'm just working on my ball handling to be better on that every single day. But I'm getting buckets. That's what I'm doing. That's why everyone is recruiting me."

Illinois is a bit of an unknown for Guerrier — something he intends to remedy with his visit. He likes the Illini's style of play and said he's developed a good relationship with assistant coach and lead recruiter Jamall Walker.

"My high school, we play that same way," said Guerrier, who plays at Thetford Academy in Vermont. "We run a lot in transition. We defend hard. I know that Illinois, they play like that.

"I have a big relationship with Coach Walker. He's texting me and calling me every day. We talk a lot, and he's excited that I'm coming."