Djimde joins Illinois class

Illinois finalizes their 2011 recruiting class with a bruising big man from West Virginia. Ibrahima Djimde is headed to Champaign (Ill.).

Bruce Weber and Illinois added another piece to their 2011 recruiting class on Sunday.

This time around the Illini secured a verbal commitment from Huntington (W.V.) Prep post man Ibrahima Djimde. Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford confirmed the news to

"Illinois is getting a very hard working post player that can be an immediate contributor to their program," Fulford told

"Ibby rebounds and defends at a very high level and his ability to score from the low post will give them some added offensive help," he added.

Djimde, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound center, picked Illinois over strong interest from Old Dominion and a host of other programs.

"This is a great pick up for coach Webber," Fulford said. "Ibby really enjoyed the current Illinois players and staff. He was excited about the opportunity to play in the Big 10."

"The need for another post player and his comfort level with the setup were his deciding factors," he mentioned.

Djimde becomes the sixth senior to give Illinois the nod and the seventh overall recruit for their 2011 class, as they also have Bradley transfer Sam Maniscalco headed to Champaign.

The rest of the class is made up of four-star recruits Mike Shaw, Mycheal Henry, Nnanna Egwu, Tracy Abrams and three-star prospect Devin Langford.

Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard was the point man for Djimde's recruitment.

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