Chicago St. Rita's basketball team visited Champaign for a team camp last June. One of its best players was upcoming sophomore Vic Law, who is currently being recruited by Illinois. Law shared his experience at the team camp.
"It went pretty well. It was a good way to get back into basketball. It was good to get out and get a good run. I wasn't it really in too great of shape then, but the conditioning and things we did were pretty intense. It was a good experience."
The 6'-6", 185-pound forward says he is interested in Illinois.
"My interest is really high. It's a nice, original college close to home, so it would be a place where my parents could see me a lot. Also, it would give me a good education."
Bruce Weber and Jerrance Howard have been a part of Law's recruiting process. He admires the two Illini coaches.
"I have talked to Coach Weber and Coach Howard. They are coaches that know what they are doing. It's a good system they run, and I'd love to play for them."
He has not been able to visit Illinois other than the team camp. Is he going to try and set one up down the road?
"Not during the season. It is possible after the season. I will probably be going on a couple visits in the summer, seeing what I like and don't like and getting a chance to view my options."
Illinois is not the only school showing interest in Law. Several other schools in the Midwest have also begun to take a look at the sophomore standout.
"Loyola of Chicago has offered me, Northwestern, which I just went on a visit to not too long ago, and Marquette."
Law shares several aspects of his game that he believes are strong.
"My versatility, my drive to win, my rebounding ability, and basically just doing whatever it takes to help the team win."
But he knows he will need to tweak several phases of his game as he takes more responsibility as a leader on his team.
"Some things I need to improve on are my maturity, driving ability and my shooting ability. Nothing is perfect, so you always need to work on a lot of things in your game. Everything could use a little perking up."
St. Rita has gotten off to a good start this season despite its youth.
"It is going pretty good. We are 3-3. We just came back from Washington, D.C. We played well, and it was a good learning experience. We played pretty hard. We came out with a big win against De La Salle but then stumbled a little bit. But, we're still doing pretty solid."
Law has enjoyed the playing time and believes it is helping improve his game.
"I feel like I am getting better and stronger. Each and every game I am improving.",P>Law plays alongside freshman Charles Matthews and sophomore Dominique Matthews, who are also being looked at by the Illini staff. He shared his opinion on the brothers.
"Both of them are versatile also, Charles being a large guard and Dominique being a great scoring utility. They are both great teammates and have great leadership qualities that allow us to build this program."
Law played his AAU season with the Chicago Mustangs, which is also the St. Rita team. Although they played in the 17U Division and were often facing much older opponents, they performed well. And Law has noticed this time with his teammates has helped them bond well together, contributing to their success.
"We did pretty well. We won most of our games; we came out of the summer with a winning record. We really came together as a team, which was the goal, while playing together during the summer.
"We really came together and had cohesiveness on the court and off the court by being a team and family. All of our teammates have been growing individually and with our team. It really helped me and my teammates."