Apparently, good things come in threes for the Illinois basketball program. Joseph Bertrand, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard from Sterling (Ill.) High School, is the latest prospect to commit to the Big Ten school.
According to Illinois Wolves head coach Mike Mullins, Bertrand gave a nod to Bruce Weber and the Illini staff on Thursday night.
Bertrand, the No. 60 ranked player in the class of 2009, joins fellow in-state guards D.J. Richardson, the No. 54 ranked player in the nation, and under-the-radar guard Brandon Paul. All three players committed to Illinois on Thursday.
After missing out on numerous in-state guards in the past, Weber and staff have gone three for three in the class of 2009 and have the best collection of guards of any team in the country at the moment in the junior class.
Bertrand, like Richardson and Paul, has great length and versatility in the backcourt and great size at the point.
All three guards will be together this weekend as they unofficially visit Illinois.
Illinois has had great success at the highest level with three versatile and interchangeable guards when Dee Brown, Luther Head and Deron Williams all laced them up in Champaign.