Originally written on STLSportsMinute  |  Last updated 10/21/14
With the Illini’s first game of the 2013-14 season around a month and a half away —the Orange and Blue Scrimmage — it is never too early to talk about the 2014-15 season and the recruiting that comes with it. On Sunday, John Groce received a verbal commitment from a highly-rated recruit from Memphis, Tenn. Leron Black of White Station High School committed to play for Illinois after his visit to Champaign this weekend. Black told The News-Gazette Sunday morning, “before I came here this weekend, I knew Illinois is where I wanted to be. The Illinois coaching staff is amazing, the campus was amazing and I feel like I’m going to grow here as a player and a person and spiritually. I feel like I can trust the coaches. I believe in them and this is the right spot.” Black is an ESPN100 recruit; ranked 36th in the new recruiting class. The 6-foot-7, 215 pound power forward is praised for his ability to run the floor for easy baskets. A consistent rebounder and athletic player, Black has the...
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