Illinois Hosted Two of the States Finest

This past weekend, Chicago Simeon's Stan Simpson made the trip down to Champaign to check out Bruce Weber's Illini. However, Stan wasn't the only player to make a visit this past weekend, read here for more on recruits.

Stan Simpson is a 6'9" center from Chicago, who's listed here at as a three-star athlete and considered one of the Top 30 centers in the country. We spoke with Simpson's high school coach, Robert Smith, who accompanied Stan over the weekend, for a brief update.

"He really enjoyed it, he was given a chance to play with the team and he did quite well. We also brought some of our other Simeon players down there as also. Illinois also had D.J. Richardson there from Peoria on a visit," said Smith.

Richardson is a 6-4 guard from Peoria Central and is considered one of the top three players in the state of Illinois for the 2009 recruiting class, along with Joseph Bertrand of Sterling, (IL), who the Illini recently offered as well.

According to Smith, his star center has three DI offers "Illinois, Arkansas, and Bradley, yes those three schools, I'm not 100% sure but he may take visit to Bradley later this month but I can't say that for sure right now."

Smith also stated that all the Illini coaches are involved with Simpson's recruitment, and Smith spoke very highly of new assistant coach Jerrance Howard. "He's very young, full of energy and it was a good hire, the kids seem to like him," Smith said.

According to a source, Simpson, Richardson and Jereme Richmond from Waukegan, (IL), class of 2010, are all very close. During an interview with Richardson, he told us that he knew Richmond and they were good friends and talked briefly about playing together in college.

Simpson has visited Arkansas but another school that really likes this Chicago big man is the Minnesota Gophers. However, at this time, it appears the Gophers have not made his final list.

Simpson averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks last season.

Side note:
Sources said Richardson played extremely well this weekend and really liked his visit a lot.

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