Illinois is the leader for one of the top in-state prospects from the class-of-2019. After concluding an unofficial visit to Champaign on Saturday, St. Joseph (Chicago) guard Marquise Walker told Scout.com's Derek Piper that Illinois is the current "No. 1" in his recruitment. The rising sophomore was also extended a scholarship offer while in town.
Just talked to St. Joe's PG Marquise Walker. Extremely excited about #Illini offer & visit. Loved his talk w/ Dee Brown. "Illinois is No. 1"— Derek Piper (@DPiperScout) June 12, 2016
Walker spoke to Illini Inquirer after his visit ($$$), and he seems completely enamored with everything that Illinois has to offer at this point. As Piper briefly mentioned on Twitter, Dee Brown's potential influence on Walker's future development appears to be a big part of the program's early pitch. The former Illini star was brought on as the new Director of Player Development last month, which allows him to help with on-campus recruiting efforts.
I watched Walker play Belleville Althoff in the IHSA 3A semifinal game, and he was fantastic. The 5-foot-10 guard ended up with 18 points and, though it was ultimately a losing effort, he was far and away the second best player on the court behind class-of-2016 standout Jordan Goodwin.
It'd be huge if John Groce could secure a commitment from Walker before other programs start calling. According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Michael O'Brien, though, there's a chance that may actually happen sooner rather than later.
Marquise Walker (2019 PG) and his dad are into the Illini. Don't be surprised if he commits before the high school season begins.— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) June 11, 2016
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