After years of of asking “Will he or won’t he?” it’s finally a done deal.
Adam Miller has made it official — he’s coming to Champaign. Miller, the 31st-ranked recruit according to 247Sports, announced his commitment at the Jordan Store in Chicago on Thursday night.
The explosive 6-foot-3 guard is the second-rated player in Illinois (behind only Duke commit D.J. Steward) and picked the Illini over Arizona and Louisville. Miller began his prep career at Peoria Manual before transferring to Chicago’s Morgan Park High School — and forming the state’s best backcourt with current Illini Ayo Dosunmu. He’ll now likely take the reins from Ayo next season.
Miller joins fellow four-star guard Andre Curbelo and three-star big Coleman Hawkins as 2020 prep commits (the others have already signed). Nothing against those other two, but Miller is the big fish the Illini were hoping to land. Brad Underwood — like his predecessors, John Groce & Bruce Weber — has had trouble keeping many coveted in-state recruits home.
After watching Illinois get blown out against Arizona it’s clear that the team still needs some more impact talent if it wants to sustain success at the national level.
It’s still not a foregone conclusion that Ayo will turn pro at season’s end, but the coaching staff has certainly prepared for his exit. Miller, Curbelo and Trent Frazier will give the Fighting Illini one of the most exciting and formidable backcourts in the Big Ten, if not the entire country.
It’s noteworthy that this decision comes the day after the early signing period ended. Miller has plenty of time to weigh his options before April 15, the beginning of the “regular” signing period. For now, Illini fans can bask in the glow of getting another top-flight talent.
Right now, the Illini have over-stacked their 2020-21 class by one player. They can do that with commitments, and assume an extra spot will open up (Ayo, Kofi, transfer, etc.).
Here’s some reaction from the Twitter world.
Orange Wolf Mask is up there with that Georgia player who committed by pulling out a live bulldog.— Robert (@ALionEye) November 22, 2019
Adam Miller commits to Illinois pic.twitter.com/IMIfhlyq2Q— Bret Beherns (@WCIA3Bret) November 22, 2019