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Illinois Basketball is still in the lead for four-star point guard Trent Frazier

Good morning. Welcome to the Orange Minute for Sunday, July 17.

Illinois basketball is still in the lead for one of their top point guard targets. During a brief interview with Scout's Brian Snow, four-star prospect Trent Frazier (FL) stated that the Fighting Illini are still the team to beat in his recruitment. Frazier, the No. 112 overall player in 247Sports' composite rankings, had previously labeled Illinois as his favorite schoolback in April.

Although an exact date is unknown, Frazier has stated multiple times that he'll be taking an official visit to Champaign in August. What could be a potential target for that trip? I wouldn't be surprised to see the coaching staff push for August 27-28; that's the first weekend of the Fall semester. Groce will be looking to seal the deal before Frazier leaves campus, and I think showcasing the student atmosphere would really help out. But what do I know?

Today's poll question: Do you think Illinois will eventually land Trent Frazier? Make sure to cast your vote, and let us know what you think down in the comments.

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