On Monday, David Palmer gave a verbal commitment to Illinois, choosing the Illini over several great basketball schools including Kansas.
Palmer had received offers from Oklahoma, Kentucky, Purdue, Notre Dame and Tennessee, but listed Kansas as his second choice even though the Jayhawks had yet to offer him a scholarship.
Palmer says potential playing time played a key role in his decision.
"I picked Illinois because of the possibility for a lot of playing time as a freshman. Kansas was right up there though, in second place."
Palmer says he decided when he did because he was ready to end the long recruiting process.
"It's a big process with all the coaches calling and everything. I was ready to be done with it and I really feel good about my decision. It's a strong commitment."
This week was a huge week for the future Illinois forward. Not only did he decide on a school, but he also played his first high school game of the season on Tuesday night. Palmer had been sidelined with a broken ankle for the first part of the season, but now is excited about getting back on the court and improving his game – a game he compares to Minnesota Timberwolves' star Kevin Garnett.
"I'm like Garnett. I like the way he steps out and shoots the ball, but he likes to go inside too. That's the way I play."
Whether he ever fits that mold at Illinois or not, Illini fans have to like the fact that this time around Urbana-Champaign was the choice destination, instead of Lawrence, KS.