A college decision is on the way for one of the top international basketball prospects. Four-star forward Harry Froling informed Twitter that he'll be announcing his destination on January 25th. The six-foot-ten, 230 lb. Australian is down to Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, and SMU; he recently wrapped up an 11-day trip to the United States that included official visits to all four campuses.
Thanks to everyone who was involved in my visits! I'm gonna have some news for you guys by the 25th. ✍ . I— Harry Froling (@HarryFroling) January 21, 2016
At the U-17 FIBA World Championships in 2014, Froling averaged 7.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for Team Australia. That includes a 13-point effort in the championship game against an extremely talented USA squad. There isn't an individual highlight tape, but you can watch a replay of the entire game right here.
Froling visited Champaign from January 10-11, and he was able to take in Illinois' upset of No. 20 Purdue at the newly renovated State Farm Center. In an interview with Scout.com, Froling commented on the atmosphere, coaches, and fans.
"Illinois had an unbelievable atmosphere and had a huge win versus Purdue. The players and coaches were unbelievable people and the community was amazing. [They’re] basketball crazy."
It's no secret that Illinois is in desperate need of front court talent, so immediate playing time is presumably a huge part of John Groce's recruiting pitch. But here's how I'd handicap the race heading into the decision:
If Sean Miller really wants Froling on his team, It's hard to envision it not happening. Arizona is the top program out West and they've produced plenty of NBA talent in recent years. In fact, check out what Froling had to say about the Wildcats in the aforementioned Scout.com interview:
As soon as I got to Tucson the weather was great and it seemed just like home, where it's very similar. Watching the guys train and play, along with the schools facilities it is clear why they are an elite program, and the best of the best."
"The people, players and coaches were also unbelievable. Great people and a huge college town, the game was an amazing atmosphere."
Don't be surprised if Larry Brown lands the coveted big man, though. Froling has two sisters on SMU's women's team so there's absolutely a chance he joins them in Dallas.