Is Illinois basketball on the verge of adding an elusive big man to their roster? Possibly!
According to his high school coach, former UIC signee Greg Eboigbodin (MI) received a scholarship offer from the Fighting Illini on Thursday night. The news comes on the heels of a campus visit to Champaign on Wednesday.
2017 UD Jesuit PF Greg Eboigbodin recently received scholarship offers from William & Mary, Pittsburgh and Illinois.— Pat Donnelly (@UDJHoopsCoach) June 1, 2017
Eboigbodin, a 6-foot-9 forward, is rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports. New Illinois assistant coach Chin Coleman recruited the Detroit native to the Flames in November, however he requested a release from his National Letter of Intent in April.
Pittsburgh has also gotten involved for Eboigbodin. The Panthers hosted the big man for a campus visit two weeks ago, and they extended their own scholarship offer shortly thereafter.
Illini Inquirer noted that Eboigbodin grew up playing soccer in Nigeria, and he only just moved to the United States for basketball in 2013.
Obviously, Illinois could really use another body in the front court for the 2017-18 season. The current roster has just two players listed over 6-foot-7 — Michael Finke and Leron Black — meaning there’s plenty of available minutes, even for a long-term project like Eboigbodin.
The Orange and Blue still have four open roster spots for the upcoming season. You check out our Illinois Basketball Scholarship Grid for a further breakdown of the situation.