Illini get commitment from prep star Leron Black

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It’s a big day for Illinois hoops fans.

Sunday morning brought reports that Memphis high school senior Leron Black, a 6-7 forward with a five-star rating from Rivals.com, committed to Illini coach John Groce during an official campus visit over the weekend.

Black had visits to Indiana, Baylor and Tennessee scheduled, but those have been canceled, the player told the News-Gazette, a newspaper based in Champaign-Urbana.

“It feels real good to have this out of the way,” Black said. “Now I can focus on just continuing to get better and trying to win a state championship at my high school.”

Rivals lists Black as the 22nd-best player in the Class of 2014. Other national recruiting services rank him in that vicinity or a tad lower.

Here’s a taste of what Black can do. (Hint: It seems he is able to slam-dunk a basketball.)

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