Lance Whitaker is a 6'-3" combo guard from Bartlett High School. He is strong and gets to the hole with ease. Illinois has shown interest in Whitaker from the early stages of his recruitment. Whitaker has built a solid relationship with the Illini staff. He discussed what he likes about the program.
"It seems like a good program. They have good coaches and play good defense. I like what they do over there."
Several of the Illini's recruiting rivals are also showing significant interest in Whitaker.
"Illinois, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. Mostly Big 10 schools."
The 2013 prospect assessed his own game.
"I like to pass first and shoot it from mid-range. My strength is driving to the basket."
This is a fair description of how he plays. He played excellent at the Battle for the Arch Tournament in St. Louis by attacking his man off the dribble and getting in the lane to score.
The combo guard is a good passer who makes nice decisions with the ball. When he is double-teamed, he will find the open man for the assist. Whitaker also contributes on the boards.
He brings intangibles to the game you can't teach. Whitaker has tools that make him a valued prospect at both guard spots, and he is willing to play both.
"I see myself as more of a combo guard. Whatever the team needs me to play, I would be willing to play it."
Whitaker has helped bring the Illinois Wolves 16 and Under team together this spring. It has been a successful campaign so far.
"It is going real well. We are playing real good as a team and playing well together. Personally, I think it has been good. I have learned my role and have been playing a lot better lately."
This past season for Bartlett, Whitaker stepped his game up. He averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds as a sophomore.
"I think the high school season went well. I think I stepped up to my new role with my team because we had a lot of seniors graduate."
Whitaker is progressing nicely. He has the look of a team-first Big 10 guard. Illinois will certainly remain in the mix with him over his career.