McBride Picks Illinois
Bill Self has himself a second recruit from the Class of 2003. On Tuesday, guard Richard McBride formally committed to Illinois, joining power forward Warren Carter.
"I've liked Illinois since the 8th grade," McBride said. "I knew I was going there the whole time."
McBride had been high on the Illini wish list since Self's arrive in Champaign. He's been terrific all spring long for Ft. Sooy No Limit. He helped them to the title at the prestigious Spiece Run ‘n Slam.
"We knew we were going to be OK," McBride said of No Limit's success. "I didn't know we would be that good. I know we have a couple good players that should be ranked in the nation."
One of those players is Brian Randle, a young man being pursued by the Illini. McBride feels he's real important to his new team's recruiting success. "He's athletic and he does whatever his team needs him to do."
McBride says that he had his heart set on Champaign for a long time. "I knew (I would go there) probably during my junior season in high school. I really knew a long time ago that I wanted to come to Illinois."
"When Bill Self first came he talked to me a little and I really just clicked with him. It was great. I really wanted to be close to my family still. My family can come visit me a lot. I love their system and their program."
McBride also likes UI's chances at winning big. "There is a great recruiting class coming in this year and a good one next year. We should be at that (national title) level."
McBride, a first-team all-stater, averaged 19 points a game last year. He says now he can relax the rest of the summer. He'll attend the adidas ABCD Camp in July.