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 Scout.com.
"Illinois is getting a very hard working post player that can be an immediate contributor to their program," Fulford told Scout.com.
"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.
Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard was the point man for Djimde's recruitment.