All In The Family

Illinois extended just its 2nd offer in 2018 on Thursday morning, and the last name is all too familiar.

The July evaluation period is a proving ground for hoopers looking to impress coaches and earn scholarships. And after an impressive 24 point, 11 rebound performance on Wednesday evening in front of numerous division one coaches, including John Groce, Tim Finke stole the show for the Peoria Irish and earned his second offer from a program that is firmly connected with his family.

But after his performance, Finke wasn’t surprised that the offer came.

“After my game last night, I had a pretty good feeling I would be getting something,” he said. “I had 24 points and a big dunk.”

Fans have been waiting a long time to see the younger Finke get a scholarship offer. His father, Jeff, played at Illinois, and Tim’s oldest brother, Michael, is currently a redshirt freshman on the team. With all of the contact he and his family have with the Illinois program, Tim says the staff has still made his recruitment personal and connected with him.

“I have known them pretty well ever since Michael started getting recruited by them,” he said. “So whenever I see them around town, or if I go and shoot around with Michael, they are always present and are nice to me. They’re close with my parents as well and ask how I’m doing and stuff like that.”

With brother Michael redshirting this past season, the two brothers now have the possibility of being on the court together in college for a year. While Tim would enjoy being on the court with his brother, he says that his decision will still be his own to make.

“I hear the Illini fans telling me that all the time,” Finke said laughing. “But that would definitely be awesome. Not many brothers get the opportunity to do that, especially at this high of a level.

He continued, “But at the end of the day, I’m going to choose what’s right for me. I’ll consider everything, and go where my best fit is.”

Finke is extremely skilled for his age and is also one of the most intelligent players in the state regardless of class. So it’s no surprise that he has already put some valuable thought into what he will value in a school.

“I’m still young, so I’m trying to figure that out a little bit, still,” he said, “but if I had to say right now, I would go with a team that pushes the ball, plays quick up and down the court, and a place where I have a connection with the coaching staff and players.”

Finke now holds offers from UIC and Illinois and has been hearing frequently from St. Louis and Iowa.


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