Leron Black Says Yes!

High profile big man Leron Black committed to Illinois Sunday while on his official visit.

Leron Black couldn't wait any longer.

The high-profile Memphis native committed to the Illinois coaching staff Sunday morning while on his official visit to the campus.

"I just knew right away it felt like home," Black said. "The coaching staff is great and it felt great right away."

The four-star power forward, considered the No. 46 prospect in the country according to Fox Sports Next, recently had narrowed his choices to Baylor, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee.

It's doubtful, according to a source close to his recruitment, that he'll take scheduled visits to those schools after making his verbal commitment to the Illini.

Black, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, entered the spring and summer AAU circuit as a potential five-star prospect, but saw his stock drop to a four-star by the end of July.

"(Black is) still he is an elite rebounder who plays with a big time motor, but without looking quite as explosive we dropped him more to the mid-to-high four-star range as opposed to the cusp of five-star,"

Not that his ranking matters to Illinois Coach John Groce, who began heavily recruiting Black after he de-committed from Baylor in January.

It took almost eight full months, but Groce landed his high-profile target.

Black joins local product Michael Finke (Centennial High) as verbal pledges in the 2014 class.


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