Milik Yarbrough is a 6'-5" freshman small forward from Zion-Benton High School in Illinois. The class of 2014 wing has a mature body and game for a freshman. He has produced numbers at the varsity level already and still has huge upside. The Illini have gotten in the mix early with Yarbrough.
The young small forward is high on the Illini program as well.
"I like the atmosphere. I also like how they run, set up plays, rebound, and get the ball to the right person."
Yarbrough likes how the Illini respond to coach Bruce Weber.
"They play hard, play together, and do what's right."
He says the Illinois coaching staff has been calling him, and he could see himself playing in the Orange and Blue down the road. He took a visit during the season to the Big 10 school.
What schools are currently recruiting the class of 2014 forward?
"Illinois, Purdue and DePaul are the main ones."
The first and currently only school to offer Yarbrough is Illinois. He recently finished up a successful first year of varsity basketball with Zion-Benton. He averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game while leading his team as a freshman. The forward talked about how he felt his first year went.
"It was alright, but I thought it could be better. I had to adjust to the speed of the game."
The versatile forward talked about what he believes are the strengths in his game.
"Getting to the rim and rebounding."
Yarbrough plays his AAU basketball with Ferrari on their 15 and under team coached by Tyrone Slaughter. He plays alongside fellow 2014 elite wings Paul Turner and Paul White. They kicked off their season at the Illinois Spotlite tournament, and Yarbrough liked how his team is looking.
"It has been great already. We are playing hard and fast. That is what we do!"
The first aspect that stands out in Yarbrough's game is his size and strength at a young age. He is a power player who can get into the paint off the bounce to score. When attacking the hoop, he goes strong into contact, drawing the foul and getting to the line.
His perimeter skills are good, with a nice handle and smooth stroke from beyond the three point line. He contributes on the boards and is particularly effective at crashing the offensive glass for points.
The first offer is often important for recruits as they remember who was with them from the beginning. The recruiting process is a long one, but the Illini have put themselves in good position with the class of 2014 star.