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Illinois basketball strengthens recruiting class, adds Trent Frazier

March 9, 2016: John Groce Illinois Fighting Illini John Groce during the men's Big Ten Tournament basketball game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Illinois Fighting Illini at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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The University of Illinois men’s basketball team added to a strong 2017 recruiting class on Sunday after securing a commitment from four-star point guard Trent Frazier, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

247Sports grades Frazier as the 20th ranked point guard in the nation, the eighth overall recruit in Florida and the 108th overall player in the country, but many other rankings place him in their top 100. The 6-2 guard also had offers from Baylor and Kansas State, among others, before making his commitment.

He entered varsity basketball at Wellington High School as a sophomore, averaging 12.9 points and 7.1 assists over 29 games played. His scoring improved substantially as a junior to 20.5 points, but his assists fell to 5.6 per game. His shooting percentage also declined from 70 percent to 49 percent, but he attempted nearly twice as many shots in his junior year.

Scouts have praised Frazier for his explosiveness and ability to work off of ball screens, both important qualities for point guards at the collegiate and professional level. He is also a good outside shooter, hitting 40.8 percent from three over two years at the varsity level. He has a score-first mentality and should help Illinois get much-needed production from the point guard position.

The commitment gives the Illini another addition to a strong recruiting class headlined by five-star power forward Jeremiah Tilmon. 247Sports ranks the Illinois’ 2017 class as third overall, with some projecting they jump to second with the signing of Frazier.

The Illini finished last season 15-19 in their fourth season under head coach John Groce. It was their first sub-.500 season since 2007-08.

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