Illini land high level forward

Four-star power forward LeRon Black picked Illinois on his official visit to the school.

From the day he de-committed from Baylor, Leron Black out of Memphis (Tenn) White Station has been a top target for John Groce and his staff at Illinois. The four-star prospect was a priority all summer, and now he is headed to the Big Ten.

"It just felt like home," said Black. "The coaching staff was great, and I knew right away this was the place for me."

Team Thad Head Coach Norton Hurd who helped guide Black through the process gave a lot of credit to the work that Groce put in.

"Groce worked harder than anybody along with Baylor," said Hurd. "LeRon will get a chance to do what he wants to do as a wing and make some mistakes there and learn. That and his relationship with the coaching staff sealed the deal."

Black chose the Illini over Baylor, Indiana, and Tennessee. The Illini had been the behind the scenes leader for Black for a little while, and the visit sealed the down. Now Hurd says to expect huge improvements from the forward.

"I think LeRon is going to grow a lot," said Hurd. "He is now in the toughest conference, and what people don't understand about LeRon is he is one of the hardest workers in the country and now with 24/7 gym access he will continue to get better."

Black is now the second commitment for Groce and his staff joining local stretch forward Michael Finke. Now the Illini will turn their focus to five-star center Cliff Alexander and four-star point guard Quentin Snider, both of whom the Illini are deeply involved with.

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