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2017 Illini target Jordan Poole announcing decision on Friday

Milwaukee four-star shooting guard Jordan Poole will announce his commitment on Friday. Poole has been one of Illinois' top priorities in the 2017 class.

Coming off his second trip to Michigan over the last month, four-star 2017 shooting guard Jordan Poole has told that he will announce his commitment on Friday at 5:30 CT.

Two Big Ten programs have been at the top for the Milwaukee sharpshooter, as he has visited Illinois and Michigan twice since the end of the AAU season. Poole said after his first visit to Michigan that those conference foes were tied for first on his list.

The Illini have made Poole as big of a priority as anyone on their 2017 recruiting board. Illinois head coach John Groce and assistant Paris Parham watched him closely at the NY2LA Summer Jam in July, where Poole proved his nickname of "Splash". The 6-foot-3 guard also showed his passing skills, high basketball IQ, silky smooth handles and ability to play the point.

Michigan watched closely as well, and they extended an offer to him in late September during his first trip to Ann Arbor. John Beilein and his staff made a hard sell on the fact that Poole was their first and only offered target in the 2017 class. In addition, the Wolverines are a perfect fit for a high-caliber wing who can shoot the lights out.

Utilizing past and current successes can be a big part of recruiting, and the way Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway Jr. and now Caris LeVert have thrived in Beilein's system is a huge sell. Stauskas and Hardaway Jr. were first-round picks in the NBA Draft, and LeVert will follow in their footsteps after this season.

With all of that in mind and based on the timing, it appears that Michigan will be the landing spot for one of the most offensively gifted guards in the Midwest.

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