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Illinois Women Sign Highly-Acclaimed Recruits

The Illini Women’s basketball team is looking ahead to the 2016-2017 season with some big signings

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The Fighting Illini recently announced the signings of three high school standouts who will join the team next season. Channise Lewis, Addaya Moore and Jnaya Walker all signed letters-of-intent and will join a program that already added six newcomers in the past year under head coach Matt Bollant.

Here's a closer look at Bollant's most recent signings:

Channise Lewis

Lewis is the most highly-acclaimed of the three new recruits as she's ranked as the No. 16 best prep point guard in the country by ESPN. The 5-foot-8 Lewis has led Country Day High School of Miami (Fla.) to three consecutive state championships and is a two-time Class 3A first-team All-State honoree.

Lewis, who ESPN ranks as the No. 77 best high school player overall, led Country Day to the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods girls high school basketball national championship. The Miami Herald named her as it's All-Dade County 4A-2A Player of the Year.

Bollant told the Daily Illini that there are few players who have enjoyed more success on the prep level than Lewis, whose AAU team has also been ranked among the best in the nation, while also describing her as a player "that makes everyone around her better."

Lewis chose Illinois over Virginia Tech and Purdue, among others.

Jnaya Walker

Walker, an in-state product from Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School, is a 6-1 prep senior who's ranked as the No. 19 forward in the nation by ESPN. She was an all-state player as a junior when she averaged 14 points and five rebounds per game for Bolingbrook.

Bollant said Walker's strengths include getting to the rim and drawing fouls while also having the ability to pass and defend.

Walker was also considering Wisconsin and Nebraska, among others, before signing with Illinois.

Addaya Moore

Like Walker, Moore is a home state product from Granite City (Ill.). She's coming off of a strong junior season in which she averaged 19 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game as a 6-foot guard/forward. Moore comes from a basketball family, as her father played in college while her brother Zeke is a freshman on the Saint Louis University men's basketball team.