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Rakocevic Talks Game, Summer, Recruiting

Class of 2016 St. Joseph High School (IL) star Nick Rakocevic of the Mac Irvin Fire is one of the hottest post prospects nationally in his class.

Rakocevic, who stands 6'10, is a dazzling combination of size and overall basketball skill. He can come down the floor and bang a triple on possession, and score back-to-the-basket on the next.

Rakocevic is the top overall prospect in the Illinois class of 2016.

I caught up with Rakocevic to the latest on his recruiting including the recent Florida offer, his game and well as his thoughts on the summer.

Talk about the Florida visit and offer?

“The Florida visit was awesome they have a great campus, great facilities, great environment and most important great coaches. I had a great time.”

How is recruiting going as a whole and what other schools are in the mix?

“It's going great, some schools who are involved Florida, Texas, UCLA, Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois Michigan and Michigan State.”

What areas of your game are you working to improve this fall?
,br> “Definitely need to get stronger, work on my ball handling and foot work, also my range when it comes to shooting. I just want to get better and keep improving.”

How did you feel your summer went?

“It ended pretty well. I thought it could have went a little bit better, but I still thought it went well.”

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6'10 Christian Romine Commits To UTEP

Class of 2015 Mahomet-Seymour standout Christian Romine has committed to play his college basketball for head coach Tim Floyd and UTEP.

Romine is a highly athletic and long 6'10 post with developing offensive skills. Romine showed improved skills this past spring and summer and saw his recruiting stock take off. He is a prospect bringing a good deal of upside potential to the table.

Romine competed on the travel team circuit with the Illinois Stars where he had Aaron Jordan (Illinois) and Brandon Hutton (Iowa) among his teammates.

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Laytwan Porter Commits To Northern Illinois

Head coach Mark Montgomery and Northern Illinois University have struck for a third time in two days on the 2015 recruiting trail with a verbal from Rockford Auburn star Laytwan Porter.

Porter, a 5'11 point guard, is a dynamic floor leader who combines a strong handle on the basketball with keen floor vision and advanced passing skills.

Porter will again team with fellow 2015 star Antoine Pittman at Rockford Auburn to form one of the top duo's in the state of Illinois.

Porter competed on the travel team circuit with PrymeTyme.

Porter's verbal comes on the heels of NIU landing 6'7 Jaylen Key and 6'6 Levi Bradley from the state of Wisconsin last night.

NIU is on fire on the recruiting trail.

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Marshawn Blackmon Commits To EIU

Class of 2015 Fort Zumwalt South (MO) standout Marshawn Blackmon has given a verbal commitment to play his college basketball for Eastern Illinois University.

Blackmon, a 6'4, wing forward, is a big-time athlete who can mix it up on both ends of the floor. Blackmon averaged better than 16 points and nearly 9 rebounds per contest as a junior at Fort Zumwalt.

Blackmon is added to a 2015 Eastern Illinois recruiting class that scored a verbal from Missouri sharpshooter Casey Teson last week.

Blackmon competed on the travel team circuit with the St. Louis Eagles.

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Brunson To Announce Decision On Wednesday

Class of 2015 Stevenson High School star Jalen Brunson has narrowed his college choices down to Illinois and Villanova and will announce his decison on Wednesday according to Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun Times.

Brunson has taken official visits to both Illinois and Villanova over the past two weekends and feels that those two schools have separated themselves from his other finalists. Brunson had visits scheduled with Michigan State, Temple and Purdue.

Brunson is the top-rated point guard in the country for the 2015 recruiting class.

Brunson will announce his decision on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Stevenson High School.

Illinois head coach John Groce and Villanova head coach Jay Wright will both visit with Brunson on Tuesday ahead of his Wednesday announcement.

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