Bertrand Makes It Three

Joseph Bertrand gave Illinois its highest rated pledge from the Class of 2009 on Thursday. The 6-foot-4 wing completed a fierce day of action centered around Champaign.

The Illinois men's basketball team, according to the Chicago Sun Times, is the proud owner of a triumvirate of commitments from the Class of 2009.

After wings D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul, a pair of highly regarded in-staters committed by noon on Thursday morning, another followed suit.

Joseph Bertrand, the highest-rated of the new trio by, made his pledge on Thursday according to the paper. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard hails from Sterling (Ill.) High . Bertrand ran with the Illinois Wolves last spring and summer where he steadily improved his game and with continued development on the court and with his body, was highly regarded by

Bertrand had Wisconsin, Southern Illinois, Marquette and Notre Dame on his tail. He's ranked No. 54 in the class.

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