ESPN No. 53 ranked senior high school power forward Greg Eboigbodin has committed to Illinois.
The 6-9 Nigeria native averaged 13.8 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks this season for Detroit Jesuit (MI), leading the team to a 20-4 record and the state quarterfinals.
“I just liked everything, from the academic standpoint to the coaching staff,” Eboigbodin told Orange & Blue News of Illinois. “The style of play with [new head] Coach [Brad] Underwood [formerly of Oklahoma State] is something I really like, a fast-paced game. I watched the tape when he was the coach at Oklahoma State, and I liked the way they played. ”
A former soccer player, Eboigbodin has only been playing organized basketball for three years, but the athletic big man has tremendous potential.
“He is long (7-foot-3 wingspan), mobile and brings a high motor to the floor,” wrote Scout’s Derek Piper. “He is a very good fit in Underwood’s uptempo system, and the staff believes his rebounding and defensive capabilities will enable him to make some early contributions.”
Eboigbodin had originally committed to the University of Illinois at Chicago, but pulled out and reopened his recruitment this spring.
At Illinois, Eboigbodin will be joining fellow 2017 recruits No. 91 Da’Monte Williams and No. 22 PG Mark Smith.
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