Big moves are on the horizon for top Illini target Jordan Goodwin, and the four-star Belleville Althoff wing included Illinois in his top seven on Tuesday night.
Illinois was joined by Alabama, Butler, Creighton, Missouri, Northwestern and SLU.
The state's top prospect is currently out in Los Angeles for the Nike Basketball Academy. He is joined out there by his St. Louis Eagles teammate and five-star Illini commit Jeremiah Tilmon.
The fellow metro-east product has been extremely confident in his ability to bring Goodwin with him to Champaign.
"I'm trying to get J-Good. He's coming with me," Tilmon told IlliniInquirer.com following his commitment. "I've been telling him from Day One that he's coming with me."
"It definitely opens up my eyes for my decision," Goodwin said of Tilmon's commitment.
Goodwin averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game on the EYBL circuit this spring and summer. His dominant play against the top competition in the country helped lead the St. Louis Eagles to a Peach Jam appearance, despite the absence of Tilmon.
The Illini did not miss a game of Goodwin's during the live periods in the spring and summer. John Groce was courtside more than any other head coach in the country, and he was there when Goodwin won the state title in March.
Groce had a one-on-one visit with Groce back in April, and Goodwin talked to IlliniInquirer.com about their relationship.
"He's just helping me out on my game, and he's already coaching me basically," Goodwin said. "He's done that throughout the whole process. I thank God for him, and I appreciate him."
The 6-foot-4 guard is a winner, a versatile wrecking ball and a potential culture-changer at the next level. Goodwin is a relentless competitor, who will look to win his second straight state title on the hardwood this upcoming school year.
Goodwin is the top overall target on the Illini recruiting board, and four-star point guard Trent Frazier is next in line. Frazier has called Illinois his leader, and he has an official visit locked in for August 19-21.
Adding those two top-100 (and rising) prospects to what Illinois already has would give Groce a bona fide top-10 class in the country on signing day.