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Anthony Higgs is the hot name in the Illinois fan base after his commitment to Brad Underwood and the Illini on Tuesday. What the 6-foot-8 forward out of Maryland will bring to Illinois for the 2018-19 season was a leading topic during Scott Richey's weekly chat.

Our beat writer's answer? Higgs projects as a face-up 4 playing in Underwood's position-less system with an ability to add an inside-outside game for the Illini as an above-the-rim athlete with a three-point shot. How soon he'll be able to contribute is the lingering question that hovers around several of Illinois' newcomers.

Check out the full chat recap here.

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Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).