With Simeon alumni Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn currently on the roster and D.J. Williams set to join the team this summer, the Illini have established a strong relationship with the Chicago powerhouse program.
On Saturday, Illinois took another measure to keep that pipeline flowing when they offered talented 2016 shooting guard Zack Norvell after the win against Penn State at the State Farm Center.
"Man, I'm just happy and thankful," Norvell told IlliniPlaybook upon receiving the offer.
The familiar faces such as Tate and Nunn at Illinois made Norvell feel much more welcome and helped him feel more at home when he comes to campus.
"It's a great thing to see them and catch up with them," he said. "You know you can get advice about things on and off the court."
Check out these highlights of Norvell from the spring (updated highlights coming soon):