Illinois offers JUCO forward

Illinois offers JUCO forward

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois has missed on a number of big man prospects in the 2018 class from Iowa State adding to its Chicago-heavy class with Corliss’ George Conditt to John Beilein and Michigan swooping in late to nab Florida forward Colin Castleton.

Adding a big man with one of the remaining two scholarships available after signing five-star point guard Ayo Dosunmu in November remains a priority. The Illini widened their recruiting efforts again Monday with an offer to Wabash Valley College’s Austin Trice per Scott Burgess of PrepHoopsIllinois.com.

Trice, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound sophomore forward, is averaging 12.7 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Warriors and ranks third in NJCAA Division I in the latter. He transferred to Wabash Valley in Mt. Carmel after spending his freshman season as a backup forward at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo.

Trice is a Hales Franciscan graduate and was the second-leading scorer on the Spartans’ Class 2A fourth-place team as a senior in 2015-16. He had a double-double in both games at state and averaged 12.1 points and 8.9 rebounds for the season.

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Moonpie wrote on February 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Not all that big. There's a reason he has languished in the JUCO ranks. But wave those pom pons, for sure!

88illiniwek wrote on February 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Trice is not a Big 10 "big" man at 6-7. It doesn't fill their most glaring need.

Green Shirt wrote on February 13, 2018 at 7:02 am

If this is Underwood's first experience in trying to get a JC player accepted at Illinois, it may be a real eye-opener.  Even if he is an "elite" rebounder, at 6'7" I have serious doubts that he can be the rim-protector and post-presence the Illini so desperately need.

Green Shirt wrote on February 13, 2018 at 7:02 am

If this is Underwood's first experience in trying to get a JC player accepted at Illinois, it may be a real eye-opener.  Even if he is an "elite" rebounder, at 6'7" I have serious doubts that he can be the rim-protector and post-presence the Illini so desperately need.

Old School wrote on February 13, 2018 at 11:02 pm

Recruit JUCO ranks?  The alternative when everyone else declines Illinois.  Big man?  Keep telling yourself and Illini fans that.

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