Ask the Experts: Impact of Jeremiah Tilmon's commitment for Illini

Scout's recruiting analysts weigh on Jeremiah Tilmon's commitment and what it means for Illinois

Evan Daniels, Scout director of basketball recruiting

"Adding Tilmon to their 2017 class is significant. Tilmon is a five-star prospect and the type of post player that can immediately help John Groce's program. He impacts the game on both ends. Illinois made him a priority and adding him gives them some serious momentum with their class."

Brian Snow, Scout national recruiting analyst

"Landing Jeremiah Tilmon is huge for Illinois. Not only is he an in-state five-star player, but he is a potential instant impact guy. On top of that, he is a kid who isn't likely to be one and done, so he will have a multi-year impact for the Illini. Also, Tilmon is a player who could have a positive impact on Jordan Goodwin, another top Illini product. This is just big all the way around for the Illini, and it gives them excellent momentum in 2017."

Derek Piper, Illini Inquirer lead basketball reporter

"Landing a top-20 player in the class -- and the highest ranked Illinois commit in the Scout.com era -- is exactly where Illinois and Illini nation want to be. It's the type of home-run addition that Groce has been swinging for since he took over in Champaign. Now, he has it.

"The 6-foot-10 big man is a game-changing talent as a skilled post player with a presence in the paint. He fills a paramount need for the Illini at the center position, and he has the ability to make an immediate impact from the moment he arrives on campus. The Illini staff and the fan base have gotten hopeful and hurt in the unsuccessful pursuit of five-star talents in previous classes. Questions have been swirling about Groce's ability to steer the ship in the right direction, get the program back to its winning ways and land the best players in one of the most historically fruitful states in the country. Tilmon's pledge is an emphatic answer that restores hope, and sends shock waves through the state and the basketball landscape as a whole."

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