Category: Featured News Written by Brian Stinnette
The Illini landed a top 50 prospect nationally that fits their system perfectly. Illinois has pursued Memphis White Station (TN) power forward Leron Black ever since the moment he decommitted from Baylor. It paid off with a commitment from the four-star on Sunday.
Black is a 6’7” four man that brings a ton of energy and a high activity level around the basket. He excels at hitting the offensive glass and attacking from the high post.
We caught up with the newest Illini commitment to see why they were his choice.
“I feel like I will grow as a person, player, and spiritually. I trust and love the coaching staff. The campus is amazing. I prayed about it. And I know it is in God’s will. To God be the glory.”
How did the commitment go down Sunday?
“I text Coach Groce and told him I wanted to do it. We waited for them to come pick me and the family up for breakfast. That’s when we made it public.”
Although he says the visit was great, he already knew before he stepped foot in Champaign what he was going to do.
“I knew before the visit I was going to commit.”
Head Coach John Groce as well as assistants Jamall Walker, Dustin Ford, and Paris Parham did a tremendous job building a relationship with the talented forward and his family.
“We are really close. I felt like family before I even committed. I trust and love them all.”
Black discussed his fit in Illinois’ offense.
“We are a running team. That’s the style of play I love and play my best at.”
This is the Illini’s second commitment in the class of 2014 along with Champaign Centennial power forward Michael Finke.