Illini’s Groce Burning Up The Recruiting Trail


Thursday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

If that’s true, then right now John Groce is the Human Torch.

This past weekend, Leron Black, a 6-foot-7 Top 50 forward out of Memphis, pledged his allegiance to Groce’s Illini program during an official visit in Champaign, canceling trips to Indiana, Tennessee and Baylor.

Then on Wednesday night, Quentin Snider, a 6-foot Top 40 point guard out of Louisville, stunned hoops observers when he moved his official visit to Illinois from late September to this weekend – a highly encouraging sign for the Illini.

All the while, rumors – legitimate ones, according to my sources – continue to swirl about the possibility of Chicago Curie’s 6-8 superstar Cliff Alexander, ranked among the Top 5 players in the country, ultimately picking Illinois.

If Groce somehow manages to reel in Black, Snider and Alexander along with previous commit 6-8 forward Michael Finke of Champaign Centennial, well, that would certainly be a Fantastic Four.

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