Illinois fans did not know much about Mychael Henry until Saturday.
On Saturday, he visited Illinois and later said he enjoyed it and felt an instant connection between him and the coaches.
"I went down to the University of Illinois for a visit on Saturday with my brother Santino, and my teammate C.J (Jones). You know, I really enjoyed myself down there. I had a chance to hang with the players, watch them run some games up and down, and I was able to mingle with the coaching staff, and get to know them even more. I also took a tour of the campus, locker room, and the rest of the practice facility, which is all really nice. Another thing that I really like about Illinois is that they are a big family. Tracy (Abrams), Crandall (Head), and Meyers (Leonard) were all hanging out down there as well, and I consider Jerrance Howard to be like a big brother to me."
Henry made it clear that he was not in a hurry to make a decision, but would not hesitate to commit if he felt like it was the right decision.
“I’m not in a hurry to make my decision by any means, but if the situation feels right I will pull the trigger and commit. People think I’m going to let the recruiting process play out, but in my mind if one of the schools recruiting me feels right with my family, my support staff, and myself, then I will probably commit and not wait it out,” said Henry.
He was right: if he feels like it's the right decision and feels comfortable with the coaches and staff, he will commit as soon as possible.
Mychael Henry committed to Illinois yesterday, two days after his visit.
Henry, who is 6'6", is a very athletic player who's stock has been on the rise lately (Coincidentally his AAU team is named the Rising Stars). He can find a way to score no matter where he is on the court.
Henry averaged 27 points and eight rebounds per game in his junior season at Orr High School in Chicago.
A journalist from the Chicago Sun Times had some very positive thoughts about Henry.
"Orr's Mycheal Henry, one of the best shooters in the state of Illinois regardless of class, gave a verbal commitment to coach Bruce Weber and Illinois on Monday. No disrespect to the likes of Trent Meacham and Richard McBride, the program's best three-point shooters over the past four years, but Henry is in a completely different class as a player and shooter."
Henry is currently a three star recruit, via Scout.
He will be joining Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu in the intriguing class Bruce Weber has put together for 2011.