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Five-star forward Will Riley announces commitment to Illinois against Illini

Five-star forward Will Riley announces commitment to Illinois against Illini

The Illinois Fighting Illini landed a huge talent Saturday afternoon with five-star forward Will Riley announcing his commitment.

Riley chose between Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky and the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League (NBL). The Canadian forward is ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the 2025 class according to 247sports, behind AJ Dybantsa, Cameron Boozer and Darius Acuff Jr.

At 6-foot-8 and 180 pounds, Riley thrives in isolation situations, using his athleticism to fight through contact on his way to the basket. He has a smooth jump shot, which he is not afraid to show off no matter the situation. How his defense will hold up as well as some inconsistency in his outside shooting are the biggest questions as Riley prepares for the next level.

AZ Compass guard Jeremiah Fears is also part of the Illini’s 2025 recruiting class. He recently helped the U.S. U19 team win the FIBA ​​AmeriCup in Argentina. Also on the team was Morez Johnson, another Illini rookie who will enroll this fall.

After falling to the eventual champion UConn Huskies in last season’s NCAA tournament, the Illini are stocking up on talent for years to come.

The Illini are still looking for another top recruit, 6-foot-4 Jasper Johnson, who is ranked the No. 10 player in the country by 247Sports. He is expected to begin his senior year at Link Academy in Missouri. Like former Illini guard Terrence Shannon, Johnson is left-handed and known for his athleticism and ability to get to the rim.

Underwood has to do a lot of work to land Johnson. He is highly coveted by North Carolina and Kentucky. He also has an upcoming visit to Alabama later this week.

Anthony Pasciolla is a contributor for Illini Now. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Instagram @anthony.pasciolla.