The Illini have missed out on three-star, 6-foot-10 center George Conditt, Corliss High School (Chicago). This isn’t detrimental to the Illini’s 2018 recruiting class yet, but it does mean that they need a commitment from Colin Castleton even more. If the Illini strike out on both of these two, Brad Underwood will more than likely scramble to try and find a last-minute big-man to fill the void at the five for Illinois next year.
Illinois felt like they really had a great shot at pulling in the Illinois native, especially with the help of assistant coach Orlando Antigua and the plans he had laid out for Conditt.
Illinois will count on a commitment from Colin Castleton this week to give them much-needed depth in the frontcourt.
Without Conditt, this still has the potential to be a top-15 class for Brad Underwood in his first full year of recruiting.
If the Illini can manage to pull in Colin Castleton, Landers Nolley and Ayo Dosunmu, or even any two of the three, you have to be impressed with Underwood’s first group of guys. If Illinois can somehow bring in all three, there is no question that this is one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Two four-star recruits and a five-star will be a solid, young nucleus of ballplayers that can help turn this program around. Talen Horton-Tucker has also recently listed Illinois in his final seven schools, but the Illini have fallen off with him as of late.
There is still much to be excited about, even though Illinois missed on Conditt.