This signing day should be a good one

This signing day should be a good one

Have any recruiting, signing day or general Illini basketball questions. Ask away for beat writer Scott Richey's 12:30 p.m. Thursday chat.

Meanwhile, Richey breaks down the last five signing days — a mix of good and bad — for Illinois:

Nov. 10, 2016

It was simply another chapter in the Jeremiah Tilmon saga. While Trent Frazier, Da'Monte Williams and Javon Pickett all signed with the Illini, the East St. Louis big man held off. Tilmon got his signed NLI in under the wire a week later, but ultimately flipped — along with Pickett for 2018-19 — to Missouri when John Groce was fired.

Nov. 11, 2015

Illinois signed Milwaukee (Wis.) Washington's Te'Jon Lucas as expected — a rare successful end to a point-guard recruitment in the Groce era. The big news of the day, however, was the announcement the Illini also secured one-time-Tulane-pledge Kipper Nichols, who would join the team that December as a transfer.

Nov. 12, 2014

Groce landed a consensus top-15 class by signing four-star guards Jalen Coleman-Lands and Aaron Jordan and three-star wing D.J. Williams. Groce added big man Darius Paul back to the roster after his one-year suspension. Only Jordan remains from that group after Paul was dismissed in August 2015 and Coleman-Lands and Williams later transferred.

Nov. 13, 2013

Only Michael Finke actually signed on the first day available to him. While Leron Black joined Illinois' 2014 class later in the week, Illini fans will remember that particular week in November for all the wrong reasons. Cliff Alexander's hat trick and Quentin Snider's last-minute flip to Louisville made for a full recruiting flop that Friday.

Nov. 14, 2012

Groce's first class started with five, including Malcolm Hill, who would go on to finish as the No. 3 scorer in program history when his career ended last season. The class itself was whittled to three after Austin Colbert transferred following the 2014-15 season and Kendrick Nunn (now playing his final season at Oakland) was dismissed in May 2016.