Tilmon lands at Missouri

Tilmon lands at Missouri

The recruitment of Jeremiah Tilmon has come to an end.

At least it looks that way.

What does this mean for Illinois? Ask our beat writer.

The former Illinois signee from East St. Louis, who requested and received his release from the national letter of intent he signed with the Illini last November, is heading to Missouri after he signed a financial aid agreement with the Tigers.

Tilmon committed to the Illini and former coach John Groce last July, eventually signing with Illinois late in the early signing period last November.

The 6-foot-11 Tilmon averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks this past season at East St. Louis, which lost in a Class 4A regional title game to Belleville West, which features E.J. Liddell, a Class of 2019 recruiting target for the Illini.

Underwood has three players signed with the Illini as part of the 2017 recruiting class who are set to arrive in Champaign next month to begin summer classes and summer workouts.

-Mark Smith, a 6-foot-5 Edwardsville guard who was named The News-Gazette's All-State Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball winner, signed with Illinois last Month, becoming the first recruit to pick the Illini since Underwood was hired in mid-March. Smith averaged 21.9 points, 8.4 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game this past season with the Tigers.

-Peoria Manual product Da'Monte Williams, the son of former Illini standout Frank Williams, signed with Illinois last November before the 6-3 combo guard tore his ACL and missed most of his senior season with the Rams.

-Trent Frazier, a 6-2 point guard from Wellington (Fla.), averaged 27.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his senior season.


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Moonpie wrote on May 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Well, the fiction perpetuated by the Lazy Gazoo that this kid just might yet -- oh please pretty please with sugar on top! -- come back to illinois is over and now Ancient Tate can generate a column claiming the kid wouldn't have been any good had he come to Illinois. The usual Tate propaganda. The usual Illini whiff on four-star or higher talent.

Guess the Gazoo folks will have to go back to fluffy pieces on how swell the coaches are.

And then there's those Bragging Rights games, where Illini fans get to see Mr. Tilmon again. And again.

jk3363 wrote on May 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

At least you're happy. 

illini133 wrote on May 15, 2017 at 3:05 pm

We are lucky that Moonuranus doesnt support any of his comments with facts and simply waits for any opportunity to attack the paper that fired him and the reporter that he has always been envious of.  

After Tilman opted out of his NLI the Gazette only said that it was possible that he could still come here.  This was unlikely but true given his flip flopping nature. And whiffed on all the 4 star and above talent, well the facts would show that Frazier and Smith are both 4 star talents.  Mizzou is going to be much improved and good for them.  They will not be world beaters though and our match ups in STL will be competitive.





Illinois88 wrote on May 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm

What is a "financial aid agreement?"  What kind of reporting is this?

88illiniwek wrote on May 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm

A financial aid agreement let's an undecisive person change their mind again. A national letter of intent has less flexibility.

More info here: https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/recruiting-game-financial-aid-agreement-gives-athletes-more-flexibility-than-letter-of-intent/

What’s the difference between the two, and why wouldn’t an athlete want to sign a letter of intent? Simply, flexibility.

The letter of intent binds the school and the athlete to that agreement for one year, Toliver said. And for some sports, the time period during which a letter of intent can be signed is quite short.

The financial agreement binds the athlete to absolutely nothing and can be signed any time. The school, though, remains bound to uphold its end of the agreement if the athlete chooses to attend.

An athlete can only ever sign one national letter of intent. If he wanted to and had the offers, the athlete could sign an unlimited number of financial aid agreements and then still choose which school he wanted to attend.