Illinois announces two ESPN 100 signings


Illinois head coach John Groce inked four players on the first day of the early signing period, the school announced Wednesday.

The Illini's 2015 class features two ESPN 100 prospects, Jalen Coleman (No. 34 overall) and D.J. Williams (No. 50), along with four star shooting guard Aaron Jordan. Groce will also welcome back former Illini forward Darius Paul who transferred from Champaign to Lamar State College-Port Arthur (Texas) last spring.

"When looking at what they bring to the court, I don't know if there's a class in the country with a better set of shooters than Jalen and Aaron," Groce told the school's website. "They are lights-out from the perimeter. And D.J. is one of the most skilled and versatile players in the entire 2015 class. He can play practically anywhere on the floor. These three are a perfect fit for our system.

"Regarding Darius, we have remained in communication with him and his family since he left last spring," Groce added. "We are proud of the progress he has made both on and off the court. We look forward to his continued improvement and a successful return to our program."