A look at how Illinois' commitment and major target have been this year

John Groce and his staff landed one key commitment in the 2016 class in Te'Jon Lucas and have their eyes on an international big man as well.

It has been no secret over the last two seasons that Illinois is in desperate need of a point guard, and next year they will have Te'Jon Lucas. After Illinois saw Lucas during the month of July they really picked things up, and eventually that led to a commitment following his official visit.

During the month of July Lucas showed an ability to really pass the basketball as well as a good feel for the game and an improved jump shot. While only about 6-feet tall, Lucas has the ability to defend because he gives effort on that end of the floor, and also he is a smart player who understands how to take an offensive player out of what he likes to do well.

Now as a senior Lucas is taking his game to even another level, especially when it comes to scoring. Lucas is nearly averaging a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists per game. On the offensive end Lucas has appeared to be more assertive and his shot continues to get better from where it was.

There is no doubt the minutes will be there for Lucas even with the return of Tracy Abrams, and for a team that needs a point guard, his senior season shows he is looking ready to step in and be a contributor.

One of the prospects that Illinois is still in the running with is 6-foot-10, Australian big man Harry Froling. He recently visited in the Illini, as well as Arizona, Colorado and SMU.

On the court, Froling is an intriguing post option. Froling has a wide base and is able to carve out good space in the paint. He's just average athletically and plays below the rim, but he's a good area rebounder that pursues the ball with two hands and has fairly good strengths.

Offensively, Froling possesses very good hands, impressive touch with either hand around the basket and is a quality passer with a high IQ. He maneuvers well on the block and is capable of making a hook. Froling also has good shot mechanics and is more than capable of stepping out on the floor and shooting from 22-feet.


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