Illinois Makes Jahlil Okafor's Final Eight

Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Though I wouldn't get all that excited about it.

I don't think there are many Illini fans out there who think Illinois has a realistic shot with Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor -- even if John Groce has a secret weapon while recruiting him -- but maybe some will begin to surface now.

On Wednesday Okafor released his top eight on Twitter and Illinois made the list.

Now, before you go getting super-excited by all this, it's important to remember that five of those schools have had in-home visits with Okafor in recent months, and the Illini weren't one of those five teams. So while it's nice to see Illinois mentioned in Okafor's top eight, especially alongside some of those schools, I wouldn't consider this to be anything more than a show of respect to Okafor's state school.

Though I wouldn't mind being wrong in this case. I mean, both Cliff Alexander and Okafor have talked about going to college together. Might as well do it in Champaign!

Follow The Champaign Room on Twitter at @Champaign_Room and Like us on Facebook. You can follow Tom Fornelli on Twitter at @TomFornelli.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Champaign Room

You must be a member of The Champaign Room to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Champaign Room. You should read them.

Join The Champaign Room

You must be a member of The Champaign Room to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Champaign Room. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker