Belleville (Ill.) East forward Javon Pickett received his requested release from a Letter of Intent from Illinois on Tuesday and almost immediately spoke with the Western Kentucky staff about the opportunity of becoming a Hilltopper.
The 6-foot-4 Pickett, a Scout.com three-star forward, requested his release following a coaching change at Illinois.
As a senior, Pickett set a new single-season scoring record at Belleville East last season. He averaged 26 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steals per game.
Located in the St. Louis area, he is a three-time All-Metro selection and was an All-State choice as a senior.
He also considered scholarship offers from Drake, Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago and others prior to his original commitment with Illinois. St. Louis and Xavier were also among those expressing strong interest.