Time for these five Illini recruits to sign on the dotted line

Time for these five Illini recruits to sign on the dotted line

They can now, with the spring signing period starting today and running until May 16. Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down what these five members of the Class of 2018 — already featuring Ayo Dosunmu — could bring to the court next season:


6-9, 220 pounds | Forward

Illinois certainly needs some offensive scoring punch in its frontcourt after losing Leron Black (going pro) and Michael Finke (transferring). Bezhanishvili could deliver. The lefty big man has the skills the Illinois coaches want — good handles and passing — and he can finish strong around the rim to go with a reliable jump shot.


6-2, 180 pounds | Guard

Brad Underwood is a passing aficionado. Feliz set the Northwest Florida State career assists record this season showcasing just how he can get his teammates involved. His ability as a scorer — at all three levels — only makes him more of a fit in an Illini backcourt with similarly skilled guards. They can all play on and off the ball.


6-5, 200 pounds | Guard

Griffin had a furious finish to his senior season, leading Archbishop Stepinac to New York CHSAA Archdiocesan, city and federation titles. He did so as a two-way star for the Crusaders. His length helps him defensively, but first and foremost he's a dangerous three-point shooter after hitting at 48 percent in his senior season.


6-11, 215 pounds | Center

Opposing teams were able to run veritable layup lines at times last season against Illinois. One clear issue? The lack of a rim protector. Kane's impressive wingspan and athleticism should help in that regard, giving the Illini what they've lacked for several seasons. An evolving offensive game makes him an even better get.


6-6, 185 pounds | Guard

There's no such thing as having too many long, athletic wings that can create their own shot at the rim or behind the three-point line. That's especially true when you don't have many to speak of in the first place. Jones is that type of player — one the Illini have in short supply — and he brings a skill set unique to the rest of the roster.