Alex Foster is a 6'-7" forward who checks in at #35 in the national rankings for his age group. He plays for De La Salle Institute in Chicago alongside current Illinois signee Mike Shaw. The forward was in Champaign for the Illini's game against Purdue on February 13. He enjoyed the atmosphere.
"I love the school spirit. Everybody has on orange. On any type of play everyone goes nuts. I like that."
The sophomore says the feeling he gets at Illinois and the support of the Illinois fan base are what he likes most about the program.
"Basically I like the school spirit, how everybody comes to the games and supports the team."
Foster has a good relationship with the coaching staff, especially his lead recruiter Jerrance Howard.
"Jerrance often comes to my games."
Many people believe with teammate Mike Shaw on board, it gives the Illini an advantage for Foster's services. He talked about the 'Shaw Factor.'"
"It depends. When he comes here I am going to watch his games and see how he does and how the coaches use him. If I like it then I will know. I might come down here myself."
Foster says the majority of the Big 10 is recruiting him. What are the schools he holds offers from?
"Purdue, Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Indiana, and a lot of other Big 10 schools."
He says at this point there is not a favorite in his recruitment. When is he targeting to make a college decision?
"End of my junior year."
De La Salle is having a stellar season behind Foster, Shaw, Alvin Ellis, and Jaylon Tate. They are currently 18-2 and are serious contenders for a state championship. Foster says he is continuing to improve and add to his game.
"It has been good. I think I have been improving a lot. I am starting to shoot from the outside now. Every time I shoot it, the ball seems to go in."
Foster believes the biggest strength in his game is his versatility and ability to be effective at different spots on the floor.
"I don't like just staying in one spot. I do not like just being restricted down in the post. I like moving around in the high post. If I want to go down on the block I will go down there, but I like moving around."
This versatility allows him to play either forward spot. Does he have a preference for what position he plays?
"Really either. It depends on who is playing me. Whatever they give me I will go out and do."
Foster says he wants to emulate his game after a current star Illinois forward.
"You know how Jereme Richmond plays, where he goes out and comes in. I want to be like that."
The sophomore is certainly a coveted prospect for Illinois and other Big 10 programs. His ability to play multiple positions and go inside and out would fit well into the Illini offense at the small forward position.
He knows he is wanted by the Illinois coaches and fans. When it comes to Foster and fellow 2013 stars Tommy Hamilton, and Jabari Parker teaming up for the state school, the De La Salle forward says the three have not discussed the possibility, but he knows that it is what many want.
"I haven't really talked to them about it, but I'm sure that is the buzz going around."