On Sunday afternoon, Illinois got some huge news for its 2017 class as the program added a commitment from point guard Trent Frazier. It was a pickup that should help what’s looking like a stellar 2017 class.
2017 guard Trent Frazier just committed to Illinois. pic.twitter.com/S0cqLwv9oG— Julius Kim (@JKim97) August 21, 2016
According to 247Sports, Frazier is rated as the No. 8 player in the state of Florida and a four-star prospect overall. He’s currently listed at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds and projects as the No. 20 point guard in the nation.
Frazier is obviously a step back from some of the program’s other top guard targets in the 2017 cycle, but he’s absolutely a player who can make an impact on the next level. All told, he had 11 offers, including offers from Baylor and Kansas State.
As mentioned, Frazier is joining what looks like a loaded 2017 class. With his commitment, the Illini have four commitments and come in at No. 3 nationally in the 247Sports rankings. In particular, with five-star Jeremiah Tilmon upfront and both Frazier and DaMonte Williams in the backcourt, this is a really talented group for John Groce to build around in the coming years.
Of course, what’s perhaps even more impressive about this 2017 class is that Groce built it while on the hot seat. Most believe he needs a big 2016-’17 campaign to keep his spot and even with that pressure, he has built a top five recruiting class. Whatever your opinion of Groce, that’s really impressive.
All told, it’s tough to speculate regarding what Frazier can become in Champaign, but with the surrounding talent, this is a really exciting time for the Illini and it looks like Groce and the program could be turning a corner.