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5-star center Jeremiah Tilmon to not sign early with Illinois

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John Groce and the Illinois basketball program were the recipients of some bad news Tuesday night when it was learned that class of 2017 five-star center Jeremiah Tilmon has decided to not sign his Letter of Intent early on with the Illini.

That said, Tilmon has not officially decommitted from the Illinois or has reopened his recruitment. Tilmon originally offered up a verbal commitment to the Illini back in July

Class of 2017 recruits are allowed to sign their Letters of Intent tomorrow (Wednesday) and will have unttil next week to sign early.

Obviously, there is now a very good chance Tilmon will wait until the spring to sign a Letter of Intent. Whether that is with Illinois remains to be seen.

Tilmon, a 6’10”, 220-pound center/power forward from East St. Louis, Illinois (East St. Louis High School) is rated as a five-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 25 overall prospect in the country and the ninth-best power forward in the country. The site also regards Tilmon as the best basketball player in the state of Illinois.

He originally chose the Illini while holding offers from Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas and UCLA. Tilmon was also receiving interest from Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Purdue.

Some have speculated that with the way Travis Ford has recruited at nearby Saint Louis, Tilmon may want to jump on that bandwagon. However, that is just conjecture.

Illinois is off to a stellar start on the recruiting trail and already have pledges from four-star point guard Trent Frazier, four-star point guard DaMonte Williams and three-star shooting guard Javon Pickett.

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