Finke grew up in Champaign, so Illinois is a program he's always been familiar with. So it's no surprise that the offer had him excited.
"An offer from any school is a great offer," Finke said. "I feel very blessed. It feels great to get an offer from my hometown university."
Coach Groce has brought in a different style of play to Illinois, highlighted by a more uptempo and aggressive offense. The guard play is emphasized, but the play from the big men is important too, and that's been made clear to Finke.
"They have told me I'm a great fit," he said. "They like a 4 that can stretch the floor and shoot it. That is one of my strengths."
"Obviously getting an offer from a school I have grown up watching is special," he said. "I'm just taking it all in right now. All 3 are great opportunities. I'm enjoying learning about each program and getting to know their staffs."
Now with the offer in hand, will Finke venture a few minutes down the road again to check out the Illini more?
Be sure to keep checking back in here on IlliniPlaybook as Finke's recruitment progresses.