Last month, the Illinois Fighting Illini put out a key offer in the 2024 recruiting cycle. Brad Underwood and his staff decided to offer 2024 prospect Ryan Jones, Jr.
Blessed and Honored to receive a Scholarship Offer from the University of Illinois‼️ @IlliniMBB @PaulBiancardi @WhosNextHS @RussHoops @Cassidy_Rob @ebosshoops @TravisBranham_ @AdamFinkelstein @PrepHoopsFL@ExposureFLhoops @HoopExchange@Rivals @247Sports pic.twitter.com/6JMFSXQwO4— Ryan Jones JR. (@RyanJonesJR1) July 7, 2021
Jones comes out of Gainesville, Florida and is largely unrated by most of the scout services, though he certainly seems like he has some long-term growth potential. 247Sports lists him at 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds. Along with Illinois, he also has offers from Cleveland State, La Salle, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M among others.
Illinois currently has no commitments in the program’s 2024 recruiting class, though that isn’t surprising given some of the program’s staff turnover and the timing of the 2024 cycle. Still, that will probably change in the months to come and fans will hope Jones 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.