BELLEVILLE — Illinois basketball signee Javon Pickett has a message for Illini Nation concerning 5-star Jeremiah Tilmon, don’t panic. Pickett signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, the opening day of the early signing period. Tilmon did not, even though he committed to play for Illinois in July.
“He knows where home is at. I feel like he still wants to go there,” Pickett said about Tilmon. “So there’s really no worries that we should have. Just got to trust the process, have faith and everything will be alright.”
Pickett was the first Class of 2017 commit for the Illini back in January, making Wednesday’s signing the official end of his recruitment.
“Close to home, always wanted to go there since I was younger, attended the rival games between Illinois and Mizzou and it was just a great fit for me,” the 6-foot-4 shooting guard said about why he chose the orange and blue.
Pickett says he talks with Tilmon and fellow Illini signee Da”Monte Williams often. All three are in a group text chat. They’ve spent the last couple days talking non-stop.
“I could see why some people are nervous that he didn’t sign today or that he’s not going to sign this week but there’s nothing really to worry about. Everything is fine. So, like I said, there’s nothing to worry about so we’re alright.”
“I could see why some people are nervous that he didn’t sign today or that he’s not going to sign this week but there’s nothing really to worry about.”