Illinois Basketball: Introducing Fighting Illini's 2014 Recruiting Class

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Illinois Basketball: Introducing Fighting Illini's 2014 Recruiting Class
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The 2014 recruiting process was an interesting one for coach John Groce and the Fighting Illini program, to say the very least. Heading into signing day, three high school seniors had given verbal commitments, with a potential fourth player joining the strong class.

Michael Finke, Leron Black and Quentin Snider were those three players, with 5-star recruit Cliff Alexander in the mix until the very end. But on November 15, Snider decided at the last moment to sign with his hometown Louisville Cardinals, whom he had recently decommitted from before giving Groce his word.

The afternoon got worse though, as Alexander not only chose the Kansas Jayhawks as his collegiate destination but also did so in a mocking manner by picking up the Illinois hat before flip-flopping to KU. Another stinging element is that former Illinois head coach Bill Self and former assistant Jerrance Howard had landed this monster recruit. 

Nonetheless, the future is bright for the orange and blue. Illinois lost only two seniors, neither of whom started the second half of the season. In addition to this now two-man recruiting class, the Illini will also have a trio of transfer players eligible to play at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

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