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Illini 2018 big man target George Conditt has 'new demeanor' heading into July

Chicago Corliss 2018 big man George Conditt talks about his crazy month in June, his thoughts on the Illini and what's next.

Rising 2018 big man George Conditt knew that June was going to be a big month, but even he didn't forecast the kind of blow-up his recruitment would undergo.

Entering that month, he had no high-major offers. Now, the 6-foot-10 versatile center boasts offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Colorado, Arizona State and Washington.

"Wasn't expecting it. Truly wasn't," Conditt said. "I'm blessed. I'm blessed to have received all of those offers from all of the colleges. Every last one of them -- all 26 of mine."

A huge one came from the in-state Illini at the beginning of last month during a trip to Champaign. Conditt was very impressed by head coach Brad Underwood and his staff.

The dialogue has continued with them, and he has strong feelings for the Orange and Blue.

"Talks have been good. Illinois was a great campus. It was a great environment to be around. I really enjoyed it," Conditt said. "I love that the coaches are all about player development. They want to develop their players so that they can eventually make it somewhere overseas, NBA or anywhere. As long as you're doing what you want to do. They're all about it."

"You're getting your education there as well. They have a program where they want you to succeed in life."

Conditt, who flew under the radar for most of his high school career, credits the Illini for changing his personal perspective and giving him another level of confidence.

"I'm truly blessed to have them because they opened my state of mind," he said. "They showed me how valuable I can be to a team. How valuable my playing skills can be to a team. Once I recognized that, I've had a new demeanor."

Another big offer for Conditt was one from Iowa State, where his father played football in the '90s.

"It meant a lot. Pops went there. I was blessed to have the offer," he said. "My pops almost cried when I told him. It was a great day."

Conditt also went to a camp at Wisconsin to show off his skills in front of Greg Gard and the Badgers staff.

"It went well," he said. "I got some positive feedback from the coaches. They gave me some good advice too."

Wisconsin is one of many programs who have expressed interest but have yet to offer. Conditt also mentioned UNLV and SMU in that group.

"There's a lot of other schools that want to see me in July," he said.

While there has been plenty of focus on Conditt's offer list in June, he's also zeroed in on improving his game.

"I got told I wasn't going strong enough, so I've got that new demeanor of 'everything is at the rim'. That new demeanor of 'meet me at the rim'," he said. "If you're not there, I'm dunking on you."

Conditt wants to go out with a bang on the AAU circuit this month with Team RWA.

"Go big or go home. Try to win every tournament. Try to showcase our team, not just me individually," he said. "Try to show that we can be one of the big-name AAU teams. That's why I wanted to go to RWA. They weren't a big-name team. They weren't the glitz and glamor. But they get it done."

Conditt's team will open up at the Peach State Summer Showcase in Augusta, Ga. next week. They will also travel to Las Vegas for the last evaluation period of the summer with the chance to play against the best of the best.

"It's a big deal. I want to show coaches -- as I told my AAU team -- I'm not scared of the big-name people. I wasn't big-name. Still not big-name. I'm humble right now, but I'm not scared," Conditt said. "I'm going to go at you. You're in my way, not the other way around."

Like many soon-to-be seniors, Conditt likely won't be too far off from a college decision after AAU concludes. For now, he isn't focused on it too much. He is hungry to get better and prove himself.

This week, Conditt is in Branson, Mo. on family vacation. But don't mistake 'vacation' for a break from progress.

"I'm out here on vacation with my family. And my brothers and I have been getting up for workouts every day at 6 a.m.," Conditt said. "We run a mile, get up shots and work on some skill work."

"It's all about time management right now. I'm focused on July. But time will tell. Once I find that right fit, I might commit before everybody thought I would."

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