Four-star Milwaukee swingman Terrence Lewis named the Illini in his top four that was released on Tuesday.
Iowa State, Marquette and UNLV joined Illinois on Lewis' list. He talked to IlliniInquirer.com about what made those programs stand out.
"Really those are the schools that have been on me," Lewis said. "They've showed a lot of interest. They have good atmospheres to be in."
The 6-foot-6 wing has loads of upside with his length, athleticism and outside stroke. Lewis averaged 21.9 points and 10 rebounds per game during the regular season at Milwaukee Riverside on his way to being named Co-Player of the Year in the Milwaukee City Conference with current Illini freshman Te'Jon Lucas.
Illinois offered Lewis a scholarship in February, and they hosted him and his family for an unofficial visit on March 30.
"It's a blessing to go there and know that I have an opportunity to play on that floor in a Big Ten environment. So I feel very blessed right now," Lewis told IlliniInquirer.com following the visit in the spring.
Illini assistant Paris Parham tracked Lewis throughout the evaluation periods, and he has put in work to make him feel like a priority.
"They've just kept it real with me," Lewis said of Illinois. "The education is what I appreciate the most. It's just a good place to be and I know them really well."
Lewis will head to Iowa State this weekend of an unofficial visit. They were the first of the final four programs to extend an offer. Lewis visited Iowa State for a game during last season as well.
Just like any visit at this stage of the game, there is a chance that Lewis could commit. The Cyclones will surely push for that. Iowa State has been considered by some to be the favorite entering the home stretch of this recruitment.
If Lewis stays open, that will give others an opportunity to get him on campus as well. Lewis said he plans to set up official visits in the near future, and those plans include a trip to Champaign.
"Yeah, most definitely," he said.
From a basketball perspective, Lewis is looking for a destination that fits his style of play and presents a coaching staff that can maximize his potential.
"I want to play at a high level and at a fast pace," he said. "I just want to go somewhere where I can work hard every day and have a coaching staff that can show me things that I've never learned before. Just develop my game."
This is an exciting, hectic and stressful time for many prospects who are getting to the final stages of the process. But Lewis said he is composed and thankful for what's on the table.
"I'm just very blessed to be where I'm at right now and have the opportunity to choose a college that I'm comfortable with," he said.