Four star center Jeremiah Tilmon decided on Monday to remain in his home state when he verbally committed to Illinois and head coach John Groce over offers from Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas and Missouri among others. Tilmon, ranked No. 29 in the ESPN 100, gives Groce and company a huge in state prize
Why he committed: John Groce made Tilmon a priority and poured a high percentage of the Illinois staff's man power and resources into his recruitment. Groce also did a tremendous job earning Tilmon's trust and selling him on the opportunity to be the man in the middle from day one and the advantages of staying close where family and friends can watch him play.
What he brings: At 6-foot-9, Tilmon will provide immediate rim protection with his length, athletic ability and timing. He blocks shots at an alarming rate. He also runs the floor extremely well where he is a powerful finisher through contact and rebounder in heavy traffic. Defense is Tilmon's calling card at this stage of his career but the potential is there to be a factor on the offensive end of the floor as well with his good touch out to about 15 feet.