NCB On The Trail: Illinois State Redbirds

Buckeyes land 2015 PG A.J. Harris

August, 13, 2013
Junior point guard A.J. Harris (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar) put an end to his recruitment on Monday night with a verbal pledge to Ohio State, multiple sources are reporting.

The four-star prospect chose the in-state Buckeyes over Dayton, Illinois State and Xavier, among others. He is the first recruit for head coach Thad Matta and his staff from the 2015 class.

High-scoring juco guard picks ISU 

April, 5, 2013
Junior college guard Bobby Hunter (Reno, Nev./Santa Fe College) committed to Illinois State on Thursday, choosing the Redbirds over Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville and Iona. The news was reported by

Valpo lands Illinois forward Alec Peters 

October, 1, 2012
6-foot-7 small forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) verbally committed to Valparaiso on Sunday, according to the Peoria Journal Star.

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Morgan Park guard picks Dayton 

August, 27, 2012
Chicago native Kyle Davis (Morgan Park H.S.) put an end to his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal commitment to coach Archie Miller and the Dayton Flyers, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

The 6-foot-2 guard made his decision after visiting the campus in early August. He did not visit any other schools.

"This is a great position for me to be in - committing at this time," Davis told the paper. "I am sure there are some people that will say I should have waited, that I should have taken more visits. But I really like Dayton. And I am relieved to get it out of the way. Now I can focus on school and what we have to do to go on a state and city run at Morgan Park."

Davis held offers from Colorado State, Northwestern, Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago. He is the first recruit from the 2013 class for the Flyers.

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Shooting guard Tony Wills (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) verbally committed to Illinois State over the weekend, The Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph reported.

Willis, who averaged 15.2 points and shot 40 percent from behind the 3-point line last season, chose the Redbirds over Wisconsin-Green Bay, Jacksonville and American.

"Basically, they're a good program," he told the paper. "They're going to win championships and give me a college career and help me be successful."

Wills joins point guard Paris Lee (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East) as future Illinois State Redbirds.

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Point guard Kaza Keane (Ontario, Canada/Christian Faith Center Academy) committed to Illinois State after visiting this past Sunday and Monday. Penn State, Oklahoma State and Hofstra also recruited the 2012 prospect.

"They have great facilities, great players and they needed a point guard. It's just a great opportunity for me to be an impact player" said the 6-foot-1, 185-pound lead guard.

Keane is a true point guard with good size and strength. He is an excellent passer and has the ability to knock down open shots and run the offense.

"I am best at making plays for myself and teammates," Keane said. "I will do whatever it takes to help my team win. This is such a great opportunity."

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