Mark Alstork will take his talents to central Illinois this upcoming fall.
Alstork, one of the most sought-after graduate transfers this recruiting cycle, announced on Wednesday transfer to Illinois. He did so while live on ESPN-WING 1410, the ESPN radio affiliate for Dayton, Ohio.
He also had an announcement video, which was posted on Twitter by Bonus Sports, which you can watch below.
— Bonus Sports (@BonusSports) May 24, 2017
Alstork was an offensive fixture at Wright State, as he averaged 19 points per game for the Raiders in the 2016-2017 season. He also recorded a career-high of 39 points against Toledo last season, and was named to the First-Team All-Horizon League.
The Dayton, Ohio, native will come to Illinois as a graduate transfer, meaning he will play only one year with the Fighting Illini, however he’s immediately eligible to play and doesn’t have to sit out an entire season.
From former #Illini (and Wright State guard) Mike LaTulip: Mark Alstork "can really fill it up … better playmaker than people think."
— Scott Richey (@srrichey) May 24, 2017
Alstork’s commitment speaks volumes to what new Illini coach Brad Underwood has done in around two months on the job. After Underwood took over, 4-star forward Jeremiah Tillmon and 3-star guard Javon Pickett, two Illinois signees, changed their minds and asked out of the Letters of Intent.
Even after losing two signees, Underwood was still able to sway 4-star guard Mark Smith to commit to Illinois. Now, he has a commitment from Alstork, who will provide instant offense for the Illini and allow the program to pursue other top recruits in the 2018 class.
After an offseason of immense turnover – this includes a coaching change and two de-commitments – Illinois is coming out on the other side looking stronger than its been in the past five years. That’s better than most programs can say in general.