Terry Rozier is a combo guard whose stock has been on the rise with his play for All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit. The Illinois coaching staff has taken notice and offered the 2012 guard a scholarship.
"They offered me right after King James or Peach Jam," Rozier explains. "I played pretty good at those tournaments, and they called my high school coach, and he texted me they offered. I thought it was real cool because I like Illinois a lot."
What was his reaction to the offer?
"I was very happy. I didn't want to let it get to me to effect the rest of my performance. I was really happy though because I am a big fan and like Illinois a lot."
The Illini started aggressively recruiting Rozier in late June, and he has quickly developed a relationship with the staff.
"I have built a real good relationship with them so far. They have talked to me about coming down for a visit. They said they can do a lot for me. They don't just talk to me about basketball, they talk to me about stuff they can do for me in school."
He recently talked to Illinois head coach Bruce Weber.
"I talked to Bruce Weber yesterday. He said he liked me a lot and said he wants to get me in for a visit. He was telling me about all the point guards they have had."
What stands out about the Illini?
"I like how they let their guards get loose and are an up-and-down team."
Rozier needs to see the school before he can make an informed decision about the Illini.
"I am going to visit sometime in August, but we still have to schedule it out."
He currently holds offers from a variety of high and mid-major programs but says four are sticking out to him right now.
"Illinois, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Xavier."
Last year at Shaker Heights, he averaged 22 points per game. He describes his game for Illini fans.
"I like to get to the hole and dish it off. I have been playing the combo guard spot, so I am a shoot-first type of point guard. When I come off a screen, if I see it is open I am going to shoot it. I am a leader and make sure everyone on my team is on the same page. I can get past anyone and like to use my floater."
The 6'-1", 170 pounder flew under the radar for most of his junior season but has broken out in a big way with All-Ohio Red in the Nike EYBL.
"It was real awesome playing against some great competition. There was no tournament where we had a break in the EYBL. It helped my stock out a lot. I think I played pretty good.
It was up and down at times, but mostly up. It was fun playing against the top players around the country to see where I stand, and I think I did pretty good."
Rozier says he would like to have his decision made by the beginning of his senior basketball season.