Augustine Picks Illinois

In the fall of 2002, Illinois will have two members of the Illinois Gold AAU team in its program. On Friday, IL PF James Augustine pledged his allegiance to the Illini and he joins PG Dee Brown on the Illinois commitment list.

Self Mining Illinois Gold Program

First, there was Dee Brown the point guard from the Illinois Gold program. He committed to Illinois a few months back. Now, Bill Self holds a commitment from PF James Augustine of the same AAU team.

"I'm going to Illinois." Augustine said. "I liked it a lot and went down there yesterday. It was perfect and I loved it."

When Augustine walked onto the Illinois campus and into the basketball offices, one of the first people he came in contact with was Brown. "He was up there coincidentally. I was just like, wow."

Augustine said the campus and Self's presence were two of the determining factors in selecting the Illini over Ohio State, Wake Forest, Purdue and Notre Dame. "They said they are recruiting three big guys. Coach was saying that they play all their big guys."


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