5-star power forward Jeremiah Tilmon is nearing a decision and two Big Ten schools made the highly-touted recruit’s top five list.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Illinois and Michigan State have made the cut, along with North Carolina, Texas and Kansas.
The 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward is rated as the No. 20 player in the nation and the No. 8 power forward in the Class of 2017. The East Saint Louis, Ill., native spent his junior season at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and helped lead the Lakers to the DICK’S Sporting Goods’ national title game.
Tilmon’s junior year ended on a sour note, as he sustained a dislocated shoulder during the championship game and underwent surgery on May 28. The injury held him out of the USA Basketball U-18 training camp.
Landing Tilmon would signify an enormous victory on the recruiting trail for Illinois coach John Groce, who has failed to reel in enough elite talent from his own backyard. Illinois’ current recruiting class ranks No. 9 nationally and second in the Big Ten and is led by 4-star point guard DaMonte Williams from Peoria, Ill.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has not received a commitment for his 2017 recruiting class, but the Spartans remain in the hunt for several elite 2017 prospects.
All recruiting information comes from 247Sports.com composite rankings.