Illini hosting James Banks & La Lumiere

The Illini are in need of an impact big in the 2016 class, and they'll host one of the top 10 centers in the class this weekend.

Illinois head coach John Groce has made his way up to La Lumiere multiple times during the last few weeks to see four-star center James Banks and others.

Groce's efforts have been duly noted by Banks, as the Illini hope to be a major player for one of the top 10 centers in the 2016 class. They will get their chance to impress this weekend. Banks and his La Lumiere teammates will be in Champaign on Saturday for unofficial visits.

La Lumiere head coach Shane Heirman told that the team will be in town for the football game against Middle Tennessee State, and they will also scrimmage at Ubben. The Illini staff has developed a great relationship with Heirman, especially since landing former La Lumiere standout Jalen Coleman-Lands.

Groce is hopeful he can get another from the program in this class with Banks. The 6-foot-10 big man has already taken official visits to Texas and Vanderbilt. Banks also took a recent unofficial visit to Purdue. The Atlanta native has been taking everything in stride and he is still unsure on when he'll make his ultimate decision.

“Right now I am not sure when I want to decide because when the time is right, that is when I am going to know,” Banks told earlier this week. “I want to be 100 percent in my mind. I don’t want to be rushed, but I also don’t want to be lackadaisical in my recruitment. When I know in my mind is when I will shut it down.”

Other key visitors on the La Lumiere roster are 2017 small forward Brian Bowen and 2019 point guard Tyger Campbell, who both have Illini offers. Bowen is a pro-style wing who can light it up in a hurry. Meanwhile, Campbell has the makings of being an elite talent in that class.

Consider it a big day on the Illini campus.

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