Illinois basketball lands top ranked player in state, 2022 forward Ty Rodgers

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HARVEY (WCIA) — Illinois basketball added another Top 100 prospect to their incoming recruiting class as Ty Rodgers announced on social media he is signed with the Illini on Wednesday.

“They just had a great coaching staff,” Rodgers told WCIA 3’s Andy Olson at Thornton Township High School Wednesday afternoon. “What it really came down to was the player development piece. I trust their coaches, and I trust that their gonna help me get to the next level and succeed at the next level.”

Rodgers was recently on a visit to Champaign, where he set front row for the Illini’s win over Arkansas State last Friday. The 6-foot-7 forward is the top prospect in Illinois and ranked 53rd nationally by 247Sports. He joins Jayden Epps and Sencire Harris in the Class of 2022, now ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 18th nationally.

“I would just say pit bull,” Rodgers said when asked to explain his game. “I’ll do whatever it takes to get a win and things like that. Super versatile, so pit bull.”

Rodgers picked Illinois ahead of Michigan State, Marquette, Michigan, Memphis, and several others. He visited State Farm Center last Friday to see Illinois beat Arkansas State.

“Man it was a crazy experience,” Rodgers said about his time in Champaign. “The Orange Krush started chanting, ‘We want Ty.’ It was a crazy atmosphere. All the players made it feel like I was already part of the family.”

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