Kareem Canty is a tough 6'-1" scoring point guard who played last season at Bridgton Academy, an all-male college prep boarding school in North Bridgton, Maine. Illinois head coach Bruce Weber contacted the 2012 point guard this week to let him know the Illini are recruiting him.
"They said they are interested and can't wait to see me play. He also said they need a guard coming out of 2012."
This was the first time Canty has heard from Illinois. Weber gave him a brief introduction to what the Illini are all about.
"They told me about the program and the success they have had with their guards. He really talked about how they needed a point guard. They have high interest."
The Illini staff has heard good things about Canty and will be out to see him play with the Long Island Lighting during the July evaluation period. No visits to Champaign are scheduled at this time. He talked about his interest in the Illini.
"Right now, I have a medium interest because I do not know much about them."
He has seen some of the team's games on television and likes one of their recent guards.
"I watched some of their games and Demetri McCamey. He can shoot and is a scoring point guard. That is what I like."
Canty has several other schools interested in his services besides Illinois.
"Xavier, Seton Hall, Providence, Miami (FL), Virginia, South Carolina, and Dayton."
All but South Carolina, Dayton and the Illini have offered scholarships. Canty broke down his game.
"I am a tough guard that hates losing and works hard to score and get others involved."
The Illini will be tracking Canty closely during the July evaluation period and need to make up ground quickly. He says he would like to make a decision sometime during July. Next season he will be attending South Kent.