Te’Jon Lucas

Three-star point guard headed to Illinois

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Wednesday evening Illinois head coach John Groce and his staff landed their first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016, as 6-foot point guard Te’Jon Lucas announced that he’ll play his college basketball in the Big Ten. The Milwaukee native, who was also considering Old Dominion and USC, plays a position where the Fighting Illini were in need of depth for the future.

With grad student Khalid Lewis (from La Salle) and junior Jaylon Tate both being upperclassmen, Illinois needed a young option to groom with the future in mind. Illinois also has fifth-year senior Tracy Abrams, who will miss another season after rupturing his Achilles earlier this summer.

With the uncertainty that comes with Abrams having suffered serious injuries in each of the last two years (torn ACL sidelined him for the 2014-15 season), and the question of whether or not he’d spend a sixth season in college, adding a point guard in this class was important for Illinois. And in Lucas, the Fighting Illini have a player who improved throughout the summer.

“Te’Jon Lucas was a breakout player this summer in the national camp and grassroots setting as he demonstrated a strong ability to play off of high ball screens,” NBCSports.com recruiting insider Scott Phillips said. “A high-IQ floor leader with some craftiness to his game, Lucas showed he could play against great competition this summer.”

Lucas, who attends Washington HS and played his grassroots basketball for the Milwaukee Spartans program, took an official visit to Illinois last weekend (he took trips to USC and ODU in the two weekends prior).

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Point guard Te’Jon Lucas set to announce decision

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One of the biggest stock risers during the month of July is set to make a decision, as point guard Te’Jon Lucas will commit on Wednesday. The native of Milwaukee will choose between his finalists of Illinois, Old Dominion and USC during a 5:30 p.m. CST press conference.

The three-star Lucas burst on the national scene with his strong play during the summer as he was one of the surprise players at the NBPA Top 100 Camp and he also performed well during July. Old Dominion has been in the picture the longest for the 5-foot-11 Lucas but Illinois and USC have both made late charges.

Lucas has taken an unofficial visit to Illinois and official visits to Old Dominion and USC during the recruiting process. A high IQ floor general, Lucas is adept at running pick and rolls and he’s the type of point guard who can get others involved.