Brian Carlwell Keeping a Close Eye on the Illini

Brian Carlwell is one the many players in the class of 2006 that Head Coach Bruce Weber has his eye on. Read here for the latest on big man Brian Carlwell.

Brian Carlwell is probably the State's best big man (2006) at this point and Head Coach Bruce Weber and his staff are watching him very closely. Carlwell's class is loaded with Division I players - many of which the Illini are hot after: Sherron Collins, a 5-10 point guard from Chicago Crane; Jon Scheyer, a 6-5 shooting guard from Glenbrook North; Jeremy Nash, a 6-3 shooting guard from Chicago Marist High School; and 6-5 power forward Joevan Catron. This class appears to be very good but, Illini fans, it is nearly impossible to sign them all.

Carlwell has a nice list of schools. "Right now I'm getting the most interest from Illinois, Michigan St., Purdue, Georgia and Valparaiso," said Carlwell. Like most high school kids, he knows how good the Illini are. "I really like how they play; everyone gets touches in the offense," said Carlwell.

When current point guard Dee Brown came to Illinois a few years ago, he made it very clear he was going to try and bring others with him. Brown has put a nice bug in Carlwell's ear about Coach Weber and playing basketball for his home state school. "Dee told me last year how nice it is to play for Illinois. He doesn't pressure me, but said it's a great school," Carlwell added.

The classroom is very important to Carlwell. Currently he's at a 2.5 GPA and scored an 18 on his recent ACT.

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