CHAMPAIGN — The early signing interval ended with Illinois formally including simply four-star guard Luke Goode to its 2021 recruiting class. The main target then turned to the spring and the potential to land a excessive precedence recruit like Mac Etienne, who wasn’t signing this month.
Etienne’s Monday morning dedication to UCLA means Illinois has to hit the reset button on its 2021 recruiting efforts. Dropping out on the four-star middle is the newest in a rising record of recruiting misses.
First Brandon West to Seton Corridor. Then David Jones to DePaul, Jordan Nesbitt to Memphis, Bryce Hopkins to Kentucky and TyTy Washington to Creighton. And now Etienne.
Illinois has made including an enormous man within the 2021 class a transparent precedence with Kofi Cockburn probably testing the NBA draft waters once more in 2021. Etienne selecting UCLA means the Illini have to begin contemporary since he was the final of the 2021 facilities on Illinois’ board following John A. Logan 7-footer Jamarion Sharp committing to Western Kentucky only a couple days after touchdown an Illinois supply.
Scott Richey is a reporter protecting faculty basketball at The Information-Gazette. His e-mail is email@example.com, and you’ll comply with him on Twitter (@srrichey).