It’s been a great day on the recruiting front for Brad Underwood and Illinois basketball. Just hours after receiving a reaffirmed commitment from four-star guard Da’Monte Williams, another member of the 2017 recruiting class followed suit.
Three-star wing Javon Pickett has shared his intention to stick with the Fighting Illini following the recent coaching change in Champaign.
Pickett became the first member of Illinois’ recruiting class when he gave an early verbal commitment in January of 2016 to play under John Groce. While he was lightly recruited from a high-major standpoint at the time, the 6-foot-3 guard had interest from Illinois State, Xavier, and St. Louis.
According to 247Sports, Pickett is the No. 232 overall prospect in the country.
Pickett, a Belleville East product, averaged an impressive 25.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 steals per game during his senior season, and he was named a Third Team All-State selection by the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, Pickett finished in 8th place for the 2017 Illinois ‘Mr. Basketball’ crown.
Five-star center Jeremiah Tilmon is the lone incoming freshman that’s remained silent over the past three weeks. The East St. Louis star had a recent in-home visit with Underwood and assistant coach Jamall Walker, though, and it reportedly went well. Hopefully we’ll receive some sort of public confirmation in the coming days.