An Illinois Look at the Rankings

A closer look at the Illinois 2015 targets and where they stand on the updated Scout Top 100.

An updated edition of the 2015 Scout 100 was unveiled on Thursday, with Diamond Stone ascending to the top spot.

John Groce and the Illini are recruiting the 6-10, 255-pound center from Milwaukee, Wisc., but Illinois doesn't appear to be a serious contender for Stone at this time.

So who on the list is Illinois in on:

No. 11 - Carlton Bragg - The Illini have impressed Bragg and those around him with a detailed recruiting pitch revolving around a full-scale plan for everything on and off the court should he choose Illinois. Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State comprise the tough group of competition.

No. 12 - Caleb Swanigan

No. 13 - Elijah Thomas - How serious is Thomas about Illinois? It seems he's all about Groce and the Illini. The 6-9 Texas center is a top priority, but it's hard to get a read on what's really going to happen in the end.

No. 17 - Jalen Brunson - A top priority for the Illini, Brunson is the ideal point guard for Groce's system. No player in 2015 has a higher basketball IQ. Illinois, Michigan State, Kansas, Villanova and UConn are said to be in the top group.

No. 31 - Jalen Coleman - One of the more dynamic scorers in the class, Coleman might be too good to pass up, even if he doesn't fit the point guard role as well as some other Illini targets. Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State make this a Big Ten battle.

No. 34 - Doral Moore

No. 37 - Teki Gill Caesar

No. 38 - D.J. Williams - The Illini commit continues to hold his own and would be Groce's first Top 40 recruit at Illinois should his ranking hold.

No. 44 - Jawun Evans - Evans might be the Illini's best bet to land a true point guard in this class. Clemson, Oklahoma State and Southern Cal are also high up on his list.

No. 49 - Jimmy Whitt

No. 84 - Justin Robinson - An intriguing point guard prospect that has seen his stock recently rise, Robinson earned an Illinois offer in the spring. He's in the process of setting up visits, with Illinois, West Virginia and Maryland among those he'll trip to.

No. 90 - Josh Sharma

Not ranked: Aaron Jordan. The Plainfield, Ill., native fell out of the Top 100. I'm told the Illini commit is still considered a good player and a good shooter. However he doesn't contribute enough in other areas of the game and must continue to develop.


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