Illinois Picks Up JUCO PF

Illinois picked up their second commitment for the 2008 class on Monday, when Dominique Keller gave the Illini staff a verbal commitment.

Bruce Weber already has Stan Simpson locked up in the 2008 class, but he wanted to add another big man to the fold. On Monday the Illini got exactly what they were looking for when JUCO big man Dominique Keller committed.

"I picked Illinois because of [Jerrance] Howard and [Bruce] Weber, the other half was because of Jamar [Smith] and Alex [Legion]," Keller said. "My mom and my coach told me to follow my heart and my heart took me right to Illinois."

Keller, a standout at Lee Community College in Baytown (Tex.), averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a freshman. This past season he put up 25 points and 9 rebounds a game this past season.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward picked Illinois over college interest from Mississippi, Idaho, Texas A&M and Florida State.

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