Don’t count Brad Underwood out just because recruiting is canceled.
Illinois’ head coach landed the program’s first 2021 commit Friday night in four-star shooting guard Luke Goode.
The 6-foot-5, 175-pound Indiana native announced his decision on Twitter.
Goode follows a 2020 class that currently has Adam Miller, Andre Curbelo and Coleman Hawkins.
247 said Goode also had offers from various other Big Ten teams such as Iowa, Maryland Michigan State and Northwestern. On top of that, the Indiana native had offers from Butler, Xavier and Louisville — but he ultimately decided to play for the Illini.
Check out his tape.
This past season, Goode played in 24 games and averaged 14.9 points per game. The shooting guard shot 35% from the three-point line but also contributed in other ways. Goode averaged 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and almost a block per game — earning him a lot of attention from recruiters.
Like Trent Frazier has evolved into over his tenure at Illinois, Goode comes into the program as a guard who can do more than just shoot. Goode can provide some length and positional versatility at the two or three, but can also contribute on the defensive end, something Underwood craves.
Goode is a solid addition to the roster from the 2021-22 season and beyond, the first commit of that class.
This is where things currently stand in terms of scholarships for the next four seasons. Of course, Ayo and Kofi may be gone within weeks if they decide to stay in the NBA Draft, leaving the Illini with three open spots for this upcoming season still.