Illinois adds 2018 big man

Illinois adds 2018 big man

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois made adding to its frontcourt a priority in the 2018 class with numerous offers throughout the last 10 months. One of the most recent targets is the first to buy in.

Samba Kane committed to Illinois on Friday after making an official visit to campus. The 6-foot-11, 215-pound forward is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, and he chose Illinois among other offers from Rutgers, UMass, Illinois-Chicago and Canisius.

Kane, a native of Senegal, played this past season at Florida Prep Academy in Melbourne, Fla., after reclassifying from the 2019 class to 2018. He played his sophomore season at Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colo., after moving to the United States.

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Objective Reporter wrote on March 09, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Let's go!  Pick up Tevian and we're good to go!

IlliniMike05 wrote on March 09, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Good pickup. I think he has a chance to be a very similar player to Nnanna Egwu, who was underrated by most Illinois fans. Really good athlete, legit 7-footer and shot well from the FT line. He'll be a project, but one who I think can play and contribute more than Ebo did this season. 

The rest of the wish list is Tevian Jones, Austin Trice and Jordan Caroline, for me. Assuming that Kipper and Finke stays and Tejon and Leron leave. (Leron should absolutely leave. He's graduating, he's getting married and another year of college basketball isn't going to change his career trajectory. I love you, Boogie, but go get paid wherever and however much you can.)

1- Trent, Ayo

2- Ayo, Jordan, Damonte, Griffin

3- Kipper, Jordan, Jones

4- Caroline, Kipper, Trice

5- Finke, Kane, Trice

That would be a massively improved roster from last year.


orange-n-blue wrote on March 09, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Great!!  We beat out Canisius, UI-Chicago and Rutgers for this guy. He's big, and I hope he does well, I really do, but where were the big-time programs knocking on his door? There weren't any.  Who are the Illini going to beat out for their next prospect, Bradley and SIU-Edwardsville?

BruckJr wrote on March 09, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Part of the reason for his low offer list is that he reclassified from 2019 to 2018.  Most of the big boys already had their offer list filled.  That said, the kid is a project who will take some time to develop.