Minnesota added another piece to the recruiting puzzle on Friday night as they struck a commitment from New Jersey native and guard Dupree McBrayer, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
A 6-foot-3 shooter with some skill, McBrayer is coming off of a strong July with New Heights and he was tracked aggressively by Minnesota’s staff during the live evaluation period.
By joining with current Minnesota commit Kevin Dorsey, head coach Richard Pitino has given himself a pair of talented guards to get the class going and McBrayer is considered a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.
McBrayer jumped up to four-star status in the eyes of some recruiting analysts after a strong live evaluation period and the combination of Dorsey and McBrayer is a good start for Minnesota’s 2015 efforts.
In 15 games in the Under Armour Association with New Heights, McBrayer averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 assists per game this spring and summer.
Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.
Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.
Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.
The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.
John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.
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