According to CBSSports' Jon Rothstein, four-star forward Harry Froling has committed to Larry Brown and SMU. The coveted Australian prospect selected the Mustangs over Illinois, Arizona, and Colorado. Froling recently wrapped an eleven-day trip to the United States that saw him take official visits to each campus.
2016 big man Harry Froling (Australia) has committed to SMU, source told @CBSSports. Pick-and-pop big man.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 26, 2016
Happy to announce I have officially committed to SMU !!!! Excited to feel the moody magic and now I can officially #ponyup!!! ⬆️— Harry Froling (@HarryFroling) January 26, 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.
It might seem a bit surprising that Froling committed to SMU over Arizona, but he has twin sisters that currently play for the Mustang's women's team. That -- and SMU's on-court success this year -- presumably played a huge role in the decision.
As for what's next for Illinois? It's unclear at the moment. Froling was pretty much the last class-of-2016 prospect that the program was pursuing, but there's still a noticeable front court void on the roster moving forward. Look for John Groce and the coaching staff to once again get involved in the fifth-year transfer market this offseason in order to find a solution (i.e. Mike Thorne Jr.).