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Illinois included in final five schools for four-star guard

The Illini are one step closer to landing Jeremiah Fears.

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Class of 2025 guard Jeremiah Fears has included Illinois on his final list of five schools, along with Kansas, Providence, Michigan and Ole Miss, he announced Tuesday.

A 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard, Fears is currently rated as a four-star prospect in the Class of 2025. He’s listed as the No. 31 overall prospect nationally according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.

Fears is originally from Joliet where he played two years at Joliet West High School before transferring to Arizona Compass Prep for his junior and senior seasons. The Illini first offered him a scholarship in 2021 during his freshman season in-state and he took an official visit to Champaign back in June.

He’s the younger brother of Jeremy Fears, a former Illinois priority target who ultimately chose Michigan State where he’s currently a freshman.

Here’s a scouting report by 247 Sports’ Brandon Jenkins of Fears from November:

He is a smooth and confident scorer who has no problem finding his own offense within the flow of a game. A combination guard with a score-first mindset, Fears is at his best in a secondary ball-handling role where he can primarily focus on making shots and creating for himself off the bounce. He is talented with the ball in his hands and has a creative enough handle to break defenders down to get to his pull-up game. While he is smooth off the bounce, there are times when Fears can be loose with the ball through traffic. However, whether playing on or off the ball his ability to make shots makes him a player that needs to be accounted for at all times. He has all the needed variables to be a solid scoring option at the power conference level.

For Brad Underwood and the Illinois coaching staff, Fears would be a monumental get and a significant building block for the Illini’s future backcourt. With Illinois’ well-documented questions at the point guard position both in the present and moving forward, he projects as a player that can provide an immediate impact and a dynamic weapon with the ball in his hands for Illinois throughout the course of his career.

The Illini currently have signed three prospects in their Class of 2024: Morez Johnson, Jason Jakstys and Jase Butler. Currently, they have yet to land a commitment to kick off their ‘25 class, but Fears would be quite the start.

It’s unclear when Fears will reach a decision. He had this to say about Illinois in an interview with On3 Sports.

“Illinois coaching staff did a pretty good job as well on the visit. The play style fits me and the guards have a crazy leash.”