5-Star Illinois Commit Jeremiah Tilmon Requests Release from NLI

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2017

La Lumiere's Jeremiah Tilmon #23 is seen against Montverde Academy in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament on Friday, April  1, 2016 in Queens, NY.  La Lumiere won the game. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Illinois commit and 5-star center Jeremiah Tilmon posted on Instagram on Wednesday that he would be requesting a release from his national letter of intent. 

Tilmon is considered the No. 7 center in the class of 2017 and the No. 18 player overall, according to Scout.com

The scouting service offered the following analysis of the East St. Louis Senior product: "At 6'10" and equipped with a 7'2" wingspan, Tilmon has good size and length for the center position. Tilmon is a good area rebounder and solid shot-blocker. On the offensive end, Tilmon has good hands and touch around the basket. The form on his mid-range jumpers looks good. The next step is developing consistency and a go-to move on offense, as well as consistently playing hard."

Illinois fired head coach John Groce after the season and hired Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood shortly after. That change has apparently given Tilmon pause, and a number of programs will look to get back into the running to bring the talented center aboard.

Yesterday, Tilmon retweeted a post from July 2016 that indicated he would commit to Illinois. That was received as an indication he would remain with the Illini, but a day later, he apparently decided to further weigh his options.

        

For more news, rumors and related stories about Jeremiah Tilmon, Illinois and college basketball, check out the college basketball and Illinois streams on Bleacher Report's app. 

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