2014 prospect Leron Black has officially ended his recruitment as he committed to the University of Illinois on Sept. 1. The 6-7 power forward was in Champaign, over the weekend, on an official campus visit.
Black (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) is ranked as the 36th best player in the class of 2104 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation. He also held offers from Indiana, Baylor, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA.
Black was scheduled to take official visits to Baylor, where he had previously de-committed from, Indiana and Louisville in the next four-to-five weeks.
Black is expected to provide the Illini with much needed frontcourt help next year. Illinois currently has just five frontcourt players on their roster and one player, Jon Ekey, is a graduate student this season.
Black averaged 18.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 2012-13 and was a Tennessee Sportswriters Association Class AAA all-state selection.
Black excels in transition as he runs the floor very well and finishes above the rim on a consistent basis. He is a capable ball-handler and excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor.
Black has a very good midrange game but needs to extend his range beyond the arc a little more. He also has to also learn to catch and shoot while coming off of screens better and improve his lateral quickness on the defensive end.
Black is the second high school class of 2014 recruit to commit to John Groce and the Illini, joining 6-foot-9 Michael Finke of Champaign Centennial.