The Illini were one of the first five programs to offer Webster Groves (Mo.) junior point guard Courtney Ramey on his visit to Champaign last summer, and he will return to campus for another unofficial this Saturday -- his father told IlliniInquirer.com.
It didn't take long for others to catch on to what John Groce and assistant coach Jamall Walker saw in Ramey early on. He now sports more than 20 offers, while being ranked No. 57 overall in the 2018 class and No. 12 at his position.
UNLV is the latest to extend an offer his way. Some other notable offers include Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Ohio State, Purdue, Texas and Texas A&M.
Ramey told IlliniInquirer.com in July that the most important aspect of his recruitment is his relationship to the coaching staff. Groce made sure to be in touch with him early and often once the contact period started in June.
"Me and Coach Groce have a great relationship," Ramey said.
He also talked about his overall impressions of Illinois.
"I have good interest in them. It's a home school," Ramey said. "Playing in the Big Ten, I like that a lot."
Ramey would like to see the State Farm Center on his visit this time around, which was something he couldn't do when he was in town last summer.
"I liked the visit. They were rebuilding their stadium so I didn't really get to walk in there," he said. "But I like the campus."
The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 17.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as a sophomore, and he had a big-time showing on the AAU circuit in July. Scout.com's Evan Daniels highlighted Ramey as the standout from the first night at Summer Jam in Milwaukee.
"Ramey is quick and he used hesitation moves, nifty ball handling and change of pace to get by defenders. Once by, Ramey would either kick to an open man, which he did quite often, or drop in a runner in the lane, which he connected on twice. His vision and passing stood out, but as did his shot making," Daniels wrote.
Ramey has outstanding ball IQ, and his facilitating prowess has always been his spotlight feature. He is smooth with the ball, breaks down the defense off the bounce and he has great vision.
"I feel like my strength is my ability to get my teammates involved. I can score it as well," Ramey said. "The biggest thing for me is adding more strength."
Illinois just got a commitment from 2017 four-star point guard Trent Frazier. But they'll look to add more strength as well when it comes to their backcourt.