Illinois basketball has officially entered the race for one of the hottest in-state prospects. Class-of-2018 center George Conditt announced a scholarship offer from the Fighting Illini on Saturday night; the 6-foot-11 big man was on an unofficial visit to Champaign at the time.
The Corliss high school product averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game during his junior season. It’s also worth nothing that Conditt has grown over three inches in the past year.
To this point, Conditt has flown so far under the radar that he doesn’t actually have a recruiting profile on sites like 247Sports and Scout. Even so, the Chicago native’s rapid rise hasn’t gone completely unnoticed as the Chicago Sun Times’ Joe Henricksen labeled him as one of the top ten in-state prospects.
Conditt became a gym rat. He grew from 6-7 to 6-10. And now, out of nowhere, Conditt has become a bonafide Division I prospect and jumped into the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top 10 prospects in the Class of 2018.
Illinois is the first high-major offer for Conditt, but it may not be long until other programs jump into the race. His growing list of 17 scholarships already includes mid-major programs such as Illinois-Chicago, Chicago State, Winthrop, and Ball State.
The Orange and Blue have five open roster spots to use on the 2018 recruiting class. Michael Finke and Leron Black are currently the only players listed above 6-foot-7 on the roster, and they’ll be seniors when that group arrives on campus. That means Brad Underwood and his staff will likely be on the lookout for at least a few front court replacements in this cycle. Make sure to check out our Illinois Scholarship Grid for a visual breakdown of the situation.