Stan Simpson (2008) is a 6-9 center from Chicago Simeon, a high school attended by some of the best high school players in the country. Simpson is the forth player to commit to the Fighting Illini men's basketball program. "I just liked everything about Illinois, but the thing I like most, other than the academics, is my future teammates. I really liked being with those guys. I was down there a couple weeks ago with D.J. Richardson and we talked about getting Illinois back to the NCAA championship game," said Simpson.
Michele Simpson, the mother of Stan, fell completely in love with everything Illinois had to offer. "Oh, the campus was beautiful. All the coaches were great: Weber, Price, Howard and McClain. They're just great guys. We're just glad it's over. We're relieved to have a school in mind. Stan was given offers from Kansas State, Arkansas, Indiana, DePaul, Bradley, Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa State and Colorado," she said. But Stan stated if he was to choose another school or the school that came in a close second it would be Arkansas. "But Illinois is where I wanted to be in the end," he added.
Stan knows the recent players that Weber has brought in and wants to be a part of it. "I just want to represent my home state school and show people that we can play basketball at Illinois and we're going to try and get a national championship," said Simpson.
Going to a school and playing for the right coach is key, and Stan is certain he made the right decision. "Coach Weber is a good coach. He knows the game and he will make me a better player and I liked that. I know some of the guys already down there and they all had nothing but good things to say about Weber."
Illinois still has at least one scholarship remaining for the class of 2008, and maybe two if Charles Jackson's scholarship moves to football. With the recent momentum Weber has created on the recruiting front, you will certainly want to keep your eye on InsideIllini.com for more developments.