This is the world of recruiting. Land one engagement one day, immediately start thinking about the next. Illinois, in theory, only has one scholarship to offer for the 2022-2023 season. In reality? Staff turnover is the new normal. Here are five recruits from the 2022 class who could be the next ones, according to the beat writer. Scott Richey:
Cameron Corhen, Sunrise Christian (Kan.)
Chester Frazier has already landed his first engagement in 2022, goalkeeper Sencire Harris. the the former Illinois Guard becameIllini’s assistant would get the credit if Corhen ended up at Champaign as well, given that the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Texan was one of Frazier’s targets at Virginia Tech. Corhen corresponds to the “great modern” profile and can stretch the ground..
Jayden Epps, King’s Fork (Va.)
Yes, Illinois has already added two guards in the 2022 class to Harris and Reggie Bass. But a third is not left out given the potential meteoric rise of André Curbelo. If he’s two years old and finished, the Illini need another main guard. Enter Epps, a consensus four-star prospect and serious stat junkie.
Braden Huff, Glenbard West
Illinois may have been a little late in recruiting Huff, – at least compared to Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Northwestern – but the push is on for what would be a dynamic piece in the frontcourt at Champaign. The Illini have hit a lot of forwards in Brad Underwood’s time, but Huff has real potential as a Stretch 4.
Kel’el Ware, North Little Rock (Ark.)
The Illini were on Ware early, targeting the 7-foot, 215-pound center last June as one of its first major offerings. Ware’s recruiting has reached a new level this year, as he achieved five-star status as a top 20 player nationally in the class of 2022 after both a stellar junior season and possibly a even better spring on the AAU circuit.
Cam Whitmore, Archbishop Spalding (Md.)
What if Illinois’ 2021 recruitment the class was sharply tilted towards the wings. The Illinis probably wouldn’t turn down Whitmore, if he was interested. The 6-6, 200 pounds Wing is a four-star consensus prospect and won Baltimore Catholic League of the Year honors after averaging 22 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Scott Richey is a journalist covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is [email protected], and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).