Per his Twitter, 2016 point guard Alterique Gilbert has given a verbal commitment to Kevin Ollie and UConn; he selected the Huskies over Illinois, Louisville, Texas, and Syracuse. The 5'10 Georgia native is ranked as the No. 37 overall recruit and No. 6 player at his position in 247Sports' composite rankings.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Blessed beyond measure to have the opportunity to play college basketball . I've decided to end my recruitment and Commit to UCONN ! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Husky?src=hash">#Husky</a></p>— Alterique Gilbert (@Alterique_G) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alterique_G/status/617322768640704512">July 4, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Another recruiting loss stings for the Illini, but this doesn't come as a surprise because Gilbert's only official visit was to UConn back in April. Here's the latest update on Illinois' point guard targets.
|2016 Illini Basketball Recruiting Board|
|Considering: Illinois, Xavier, Iowa St., Iowa, Purdue, Texas Tech|
|Alterique Gilbert||GA||77||37||6’0||160||X||UConn (Verbal)|
|Anthony Cowan||MD||53||90||6’0||170||X||Maryland (Verbal)|
|C.J. Walker||IN||148||94||6’0||180||X||Florida St. (Verbal)|
|Lamar Peters||LA||135||87||6’0||165||X||Mississippi St. (Verbal)|
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The list is growing shorter by the week and there are really only two realistic candidates left for the class of 2016--Xavier Simpson and Charlie Moore.
Simpson is considering Illinois, Xavier, Iowa St., Iowa, Purdue, and Texas Tech. He's considered to be leaning towards the Musketeers, but good news is that he delayed his announcement a few weeks ago in order to take more visits; one of those will almost certainly be to Champaign.
At this point, Charlie Moore is the guard that's most likely to commit to the Illini. The Chicago native took an unofficial visit to Illinois a few weeks ago along with Nick Irvin, who's his coach at Morgan Park HS.
So while this isn't the most ideal start to the 4th of July for Illini fans, there are still a few point guard options available. John Groce and company will land one eventually, right?