The Illini added its sixth member to the incoming recruiting class this morning when top JUCO point guard, Andres Feliz, announced his commitment via his Twitter page.
All the Glory belongs to the almighty God I am extremely excited to announce that I will be… https://t.co/Gru7NZz69L— #10 andres feliz #10 (@verdadero_andre) April 8, 2018
Feliz originally signed with the University of South Florida back in November 2015 — when current Illinois Assistant Coach Orlando Antigua, and fellow Dominican, was in charge of the Bulls’ program — before decommitting and joining Northwest Florida State College.
In his sophomore season with the NWFSC program, Feliz averaged an impressive 20 points per game on 61 percent shooting from the field and 41 percent shooting from behind the arc. The guard also pulled down 5.7 rebounds a game and dished out over six assists. These are eye-popping numbers at any level, especially looked at the field goal percentage. A guard shooting the ball at over 60 percent is virtually unheard of.
Expect Feliz to step into the program and make an immediate impact. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, he’s a quick, shifty backcourt guy with the ability to make plays not just for himself, but his teammates as well.
After watching his film, this is a player who is skilled at every part of his game offensively. He is a threat to score from outside with a smooth stroke, he has a soft touch around the rim, and his midrange is just as dangerous as the other facets of his game.
The JUCO product will add a nice blend of backcourt depth and experience to a young roster. With both Frazier and Feliz in hand, the Illini bolster two of the most talented lead guards in the conference.
Feliz is the sixth member of this incoming class, and with one more open scholarship available, expect Underwood & Co. to pursue a graduate transfer big man.