Illinois lands coveted forward

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During our preview of weekend visitors, we put Illinois visitor Leron Black on commitment watch. The senior made his decision even faster than expected.
During his official visit to Illinois, the 6-foot-7 combo forward from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station, who ranks No. 22 nationally in the class of 2014, pulled the trigger.
The news was confirmed by his Team Thad summer coach, Norton Hurd.
"He loves Jamall Walker and John Groce personally," Hurd told "He loved those guys, and they worked harder this summer than anybody outside of Baylor."
A rugged forward who has become known for his motor, Black is looking to play small forward in college. The Illini convinced him that he would play that position and that he would have an opportunity for early playing time.
"One thing about Illinois is that their small forward is a senior," Hurd said. "He's going to get a chance to make his mistakes as a starter and possibly play 30 minutes a game, so why not put yourself in that situation?"
Now that he is off the board, Black is looking forward to fine tune his game during his senior year. Then, when he gets to college, Hurd sees his game taking off.
"In college, when you have 24-hour access to the gym, and with him being a hard worker," Hurd said. "He's going to have a better skill set than people expect. He's going to do really well in college."
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