"I think I kind of knew from the beginning that's that where I wanted to go," Leonard told Scout.com. "I like their coaching staff a lot. I like all of them.
"I was talking to them quite a bit," he continued. "I met and talked to Coach [Jerrance] Howard and I've always been talking to Coach Jay [Price] and Coach Bruce Weber."
Every since the Nike Hoop Jamboree, Meyers Leonard has been a hot name among college coaches. He's had a strong following throughout the evaluation period, but it was Illinois that seemed to be everywhere he turned.
"[They had interest] a little bit before [Hoop Jamboree]," Leonard said. "They knew about me and they were talking about maybe offering. Then after Vegas, Philly and Hoop Jamboree [their interest] got a lot bigger."
Leonard, who checks in at No. 43 in the 2010 class rankings, took a trip to Champaign (Ill.) back in June and feel in love with the campus and everything that Illinois had to offer.