It's Illini for Kane

It's Illini for Kane

CHAMPAIGN — Apparently all Illinois had to do was get Samba Kane on campus.

Exactly one week after receiving an Illini offer, the 6-foot-11, 215-pound forward announced his commitment to Illinois during his official visit.

"First of all, I want to thank God and my mom for always supporting me during the process," Kane posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon. He also added photos of himself in the media room at State Farm Center, in front of the Alma Mater statue and with the Illinois coaching staff along with one of an Illini themed cookie cake.

"I also (want to thank) the Illinois (staff) for giving me this great opportunity," Kane's Twitter post continued. "Special thanks to Flying Star and Florida Prep, I'm blessed to announce that I decided to commit to Illinois."

Kane joins a 2018 class at Illinois that includes five-star guard Ayo Dosunmu (signed in November) and three-star guard Alan Griffin (committed earlier this month and just six days after receiving an offer). The three-man class currently leaves one open scholarship for the Illini.

Like Griffin, Kane also fills a need for Illinois. The almost 7-footer — he reportedly checks in at 6-11 1 / 2 — is the type of potential rim protector the Illini lacked this past season.

Kane got his start in basketball at Flying Star Academy in his native Senegal. He moved to the United States in 2016 and played as a sophomore at Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colo., for the 2016-17 season. He transferred to Florida Preparatory Academy in Melbourne, Fla., this past season and reclassified from the 2019 class to 2018 at the same time.

Illinois assistants Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman led Kane's recruitment, with both making trips to see him. Antigua saw Kane in mid-February, and Coleman followed up earlier this month before the Illini offered him and his teammate, 2021 forward Moussa Diabate. Kane chose the Illini over offers from Rutgers, UMass, Illinois-Chicago and Canisius.Making their pitch

With Samba Kane on board, a look at four other key Illini recruits:

AYO DOSUNMU

It's onto the Elite Eight on Tuesday night in Joliet. The Illinois signee scored 27 points in Morgan Park's 101-71 Class 3A sectional title win against Bogan on Friday.

ALAN GRIFFIN

New York Mr. Basketball finalist has Archbishop Stepinac in CHSAA AA championship game after dropping 31 points and eight rebounds in semis.

TEVIAN JONES

The 2018 four-star wing fills several needs as an above-the-rim athlete and shooter. That's what the Illini will try to sell during his official visit this weekend.

E.J. LIDDELL

He'll play at Redbird Arena on Tuesday in the Elite Eight. Liddell had 16 points in Belleville West's 67-47 Class 4A sectional title win against Moline on Friday.

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Moonpie wrote on March 10, 2018 at 8:03 am

He's skinny and has little experience. But, the Illii did steal him away from hoops factories Illinois-Chicago and Canisius!!!!!!

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Old School wrote on March 10, 2018 at 9:03 am

Illini really competing in recruiting and stealing talent away from some major programs.  Keep spinning, propping and trying to sell the programs, boys.  

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