Illinois basketball announced the hiring of Oklahoma State’s Brad Underwood on Saturday, and naturally, it didn’t take long for the discussion to shift towards recruiting. But, thankfully, the new head coach has already received some good news from a future player.
Four-star point guard Trent Frazier (FL) was fairly vocal about his desire to play for John Groce over the past few months, resulting in some concerns about a potential decommitment. However, the West Palm Beach native completely ended any and all speculation on Saturday night.
Will not be decommitting.For next 4 years I will be continuing at The University of Illinois Looking forward to play for an awesome coach!!— Trent (@_Trentfrazier1) March 19, 2017
Proud To Be A Fighting Illini‼️‼️ #WeWillWin— Trent (@_Trentfrazier1) March 19, 2017
Also , want to thank the fan base for the support to me & my family through this whole situation , Love you guys #LOYALTY— Trent (@_Trentfrazier1) March 19, 2017
Frazier committed to Illinois back on August 21; he was also considering Georgia, Memphis, Seton Hall, VCU, SMU, Kansas State, and Rhode Island at the time. He’s rated as the No. 107 overall player and No. 26 lead guard in the class-of-2017.
So far, Frazier is the only member of Illinois’ recruiting class that’s publicly voiced support for Underwood. Jamall Walker will reportedly remain on the new coaching staff, though, so it may not be long until the other players to follow suit.
That’ll be important for the Fighting Illini because the four-man class is slotted at No. 11 nationally in the 247Sports team rankings. Five-star big man Jeremiah Tilmon (IL) headlines the group, while four-star guard Da’Monte Williams (IL) and three-star wing Javon Pickett (IL) round things out.