Last month, the Illinois Fighting Illini put out a key offer in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Brad Underwood and his staff decided to offer 2023 prospect Jazz Gardner.
Big 10! Jazz Big Gardner 7ft forward was offered by University of Illinois. The Gardner family would like to thank the entire Illini coaching staff, particularly coach Chester Frazier! @latsondheimer @SGVNSports @PrepHoops @VerbalCommits @ESPNLosAngeles @DaveKeefer @defaut_zero pic.twitter.com/3VZtcjPsNS— Jelani Gardner (@JAG32basketball) September 8, 2021
Gardner comes out of Hacienda Heights, California and currently rated as a four-star prospect and one of the best players in the State of California by 247Sports. The recruiting site lists him at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds and as one of the best players in the 2023 class. Along with Illinois, he also has offers from Arizona State, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech among others.
Illinois currently has no commitments in the program’s 2023 recruiting class, but after two productive seasons, that will likely change in the coming months. Fans will certainly hope Gardner can get things rolling. However, we will have to wait and see as his recruitment is still very much in the air. Underwood and his staff will have to put in some work, though two productive seasons in a row should help things considerably.