Carbondale, Illinois native Justin Dentmon is proving he's one of the best guards in the country. This past season all the PG hype downstate went to Shaun Livingston, and deservedly so. Dentmon just went on about his business; the 6-0 quick PG averaged 21.9 ppg, 3.2 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game. This year's Class AA state tournament was filled with D1 players: Illinois bound Shaun Pruitt and Calvin Brock, Julian Wright, Shaun Livingston and Dentmon, who originally committed to Illinois State and just so happened to be the leading scorer in the state tournament this year.
This past weekend at the Adidas Classic Dentmon, who now plays for Larry Butler and the Illinois Warriors, scored 30 plus points this past weekend.
Illini recruit Jamar Smith, who may be Weber's best salesman right now, is definitely working his AAU teammates. With players like Wright, Dentmon and Glenbrook North's Jon Scheyer, most Illini fans can only dream of a group this good on one college team. Smith is not shy about telling his teammates that he would love to play college ball with them.
Next season Dentmon will attend prep school in Massachusetts, which means he could re-open his recruiting all over again, which also means he will be a hot commodity for a lot of big time programs.
The Illini are also in hot pursuit of these fine guards: Andre McGee of Moreno Valley, CA.; Austin Jackson of Denton, TX; Jeremy Pargo of Chicago, IL; Eric Price of Blairstown, NJ; and Justin Wheeler of North Augusta, SC.