Former Illinois basketball coach John Groce planned to just use one or two scholarships in the Class of 2018, so the Illini had a narrow focus in the class.
The 2018 class has taken on much more significance under new Illini coach Brad Underwood -- due to both attrition on the roster (hence, more available scholarships -- currently at four) and the new staff's more bullish outlook on the class.
The Illini have offered 18 prospects in the Class of 2018 and 10 rank in the updated Scout 100. Some highlights:
Chicago Morgan Park point guard Ayo Dosunmu was demoted from a five-star prospect to a four-star prospect and fell from No. 20 to No. 29 in the rankings.
Chicago Simeon guard Talen Horton-Tucker earned a fourth star. He earned a scholarship from the new staff this spring.
Champaign Central guard Tim Finke rose slightly from the 90s to No. 83.
Fresh off his first high-major offer from the Illini, Chicago Corliss center George Conditt is now a three-star prospect.
The Chicago Orr guard does not yet have an Illini offer, but he visited campus this week.
The IMG Academy big man has become an early priority for Illinois assistant Orlando Antigua.
The Canadian prospect via Europe took a big leap in the rankings into the top-40. Re-classifying to 2017 has been considered, but the skilled wing is expected to stay in the Class of 2018.
Illinois has made the Florida big man -- and now top-100 prospect -- a big priority.