Slovenian Star Matic Vesel has committed to Illinois.
The 6-9 forward averaged 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds for Slovenia at the 2016 FIBA U18 European Championship.
Vesel had a big 14-point, 13-rebound double double against Turkey in the tournament’s final game.
He currently is a member of his home country’s U20 national team, and has also played with the Slovenia club squad the Helios Suns.
“Illinois likes Vesel’s length, mobility and ability to rebound,” writes Scout’s Derek Piper. “He also has good handles for his size.”
Getting this European star is part of new Illini coach Brad Underwood’s plan to expand recruiting for the program.
“We’re going to turn over every stone no matter what part of the world it’s in to find the people that fit to help our basketball team,” Underwood told news-gazette.com. “The world has caught up to us here in the States. There’s a lot of opportunities out there for those young men coming from wherever.”
At Illinois, Vesel will join fellow 2017 recruits No. 91 Da’Monte Williams, No. 53 PF Greg Eboigbodin, No. 22 PG Mark Smith, and No. 24 PG Trent Frazier.
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