Like everyone keeping a close eye on the recruiting efforts of the Illinois basketball program, new commit Leron Black figured Louisville (Ky.) Ballard point guard Quentin Snider wouldn’t be making his visit to the UI campus until late September.
But days after making a trip to Los Angeles for an official visit with UCLA, Snider called an audible Wednesday, moving up his visit with Illinois to this weekend. He’s scheduled to arrive in Champaign on Friday and remain on campus until Sunday.
“I hadn’t heard about that, that’s good news,” said Black, who committed to Illinois on Sunday during his official visit to campus. “Me and Quentin are real cool. I know him well. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully it’s good news for the Illini.”
The 6-foot Snider committed to Louisville in August 2011, but backed out of the pledge in July. John Groce and Illinois were among the first of many high-major suitors to show interest in Snider and the Illini have been considered a player in his recruitment since. Last week Snider trimmed the list of schools he’s considering to seven: Illinois, Michigan State, UCLA, UConn, Oklahoma State, USC and Cincinnati.
After his visit to Illinois this week, Snider has September trips scheduled with Michigan State and UConn.
Illinois figured to be in good standing with the point guard — rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals (No. 31 in 2014 class), Scout (31) and ESPN (28) — and the prospects of potentially landing his services appear better with Snider moving up the date of his visit.
Before news of this weekend’s visit broke, Illinois was scheduled to make an in-home visit with Snider and his family in Louisville on Monday.
The Illini already have two commitments in the Class of 2014 with Black, a top-50 forward from Memphis, and Centennial forward Michael Finke.