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The first one is on the board. Illinois is commit-less in the 2018 class no more after Ayo Dosunmu said yes to Brad Underwood on Thursday night. So what's next for the Illini? Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY takes a look:

The next step

As far as who's next, attention turns to Simeon's Talen Horton-Tucker. The four-star, 6-foot-5 wing is in the midst of his official visit at Illinois and has the Illini among a top seven that also includes Ohio State, Georgetown, Xavier, Iowa State, Georgia Tech and Saint Louis. Illinois still has two open scholarships remaining, and landing a versatile wing moves closer to the top of the wish list alongside a big man.

The fit

The question that circulates most about Horton-Tucker — a tweener in the old basketball vernacular — is which position he'll play at the next level. That's certainly less of an issue at Illinois. Underwood is 100 percent committed to position-less basketball. The first-year Illini coach won't shy away from four-guard lineups. Maybe even five. Horton-Tucker's got the big three down. He can dribble, pass and shoot at a high level. That should make him a fit anywhere.

The perception

Illinois has reaped the benefits of Simeon's basketball tradition with the likes of Nick Anderson and Deon Thomas among other Wolverines turned Illini. Horton-Tucker could be next to wear that No. 25 jersey. Moreover, for a team that doesn't have any players from Chicago currently on the roster, landing two from Public League powers in the same class could go a long way in revitalizing the relationship between the city and the Illinois basketball program.

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