One of the most coveted big girls in the state, Jacqui Grant gave her verbal commitment to Illinois last week.
The 6-3 center who projects as a wing player at the next level picked the Illini over DePaul and will play for new Illinois coach Matt Bollant.
Before she heads to Champaign, Grant has unfinished business in Park Ridge.
After helping the Hawks to third place in the state as a sophomore, Grant’s season ended with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s regional title win over Niles North. It was Maine South’s third in a row, all with Grant in the lineup.
Maine South’s season ended in the sectional semifinals at New Trier with a loss to Loyola. Despite the earlier than expected ending, the Hawks still won 25 games, giving them 53 over the last two seasons.
Grant will be one of three regulars back for Maine South, along with Mackenzie Duffy and Regan Carmichael. All three have multiple years of varsity experience.