The Illini are in the mix for Pittsburgh grad transfer wing Cameron Johnson, and they will conduct an in-home visit with him on Friday -- a source told IlliniInquirer.com.
Johnson is one of the most hotly-pursed players on the transfer market. He has immediate eligibility after completing his degree, two seasons left to play and plenty of ability.
The 6-foot-8 wing averaged 11.9 points per game as a redshirt-sophomore, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from deep. He also posted 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Illini head coach Brad Underwood will be joined by assistants Orlando Antigua and Jamall Walker on the visit. Antigua played at Pitt from 1991-95.
Illinois has plenty of opportunity to sell at the three-spot with the vacancy left by graduating senior Malcolm Hill -- the program's third all-time leading scorer.
Johnson was visited by Arizona head coach Sean Miller on Sunday. Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas and others have reportedly been involved. According to a source, Pittsburgh is currently blocking him from transferring within the ACC.
The book on Johnson is that he is a lethal spot-up shooter with length and skill. He is a great fit in an uptempo system that spaces the floor with attacking guards on the ball. Johnson can also handle it and get to the rim. His mobility and long arms allow him to defend on the perimeter as well.
Johnson hit six threes on his way to a season-high 24-points in Chapel Hill against the eventual-champion Tar Heels back in January.
This is the kind of immediate-impact talent that Underwood could use on next season's roster.