If we kept a running tally of the times Champaign Central 2018 small forward Tim Finke has set foot at Illini games or the basketball facilities, it's very possible it would set the record for 'unofficial visits' for a recruit in program history.
Most times, it's kept very informal. Finke likes to hang out with the guys -- one of those being his brother and redshirt junior Michael Finke. He gets the opportunity to test his skills in games of pick-up at Ubben as well.
On Wednesday, Finke will make the familiar trip back over to campus. And this one, as he's done a few times in the past, will be more of an 'official' unofficial visit.
Finke told IlliniInquirer.com that he looks forward to hanging out with the coaching staff on this visit. He is still developing a relationship with head coach Brad Underwood, as well as new assistants Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman.
The trio made a strong first impression during an in-home visit back in April.
"It's been pretty neat to meet them and get to know the whole staff. They all came over and I like them a lot," Finke said last month. "They just showed me how they like to play and who they like to recruit. I've got a pretty good feel for that. And I will in the near future too."
http://www.scout.com/college/illinois/story/1778955-finke-want-a-staff-t... Of course, assistant coach Jamall Walker is in that mix as well. And he is the lead recruiter for Finke in regards to the assistants.
Finke will also get a chance to watch some workouts on Wednesday, as those were kicked off at the beginning of this week. The Illini staff has been holding group skill workouts thus far.
As for Finke on the court, he is back to open gyms and summer league with Central. He averaged more than 19 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior. And he followed that up with a good showing on the EYBL circuit this spring.
The top-100 wing posted 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game with MeanStreets during the EYBL regular season, and he was a big part of his team earning a Peach Jam berth with an 11-5 record.
Stay tuned to IlliniInquirer.com for more.