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Illinois Basketball Lands 4-Star Wing RJ Melendez

R.J. Melendez joins Luke Goode as Illinois basketball’s second commit of the 2021 recruiting class.

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After clocking in at fifth overall in this week’s AP Poll, Illini basketball continued to receive good news. On Monday evening, four-star wing Ramses “RJ” Melendez announced his commitment to the Illinois basketball program via Instagram.

Melendez, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Central Pointe Christian in Kissimmee, Florida, ranks in the top-100 of 2021 recruits. Here’s a look at him in action:

This is a huge get for Brad Underwood and company with the prospective loss of Ayo Dosunmu and possibly Kofi Cockburn to the NBA Draft after this season. Melendez joins Luke Goode in the Illini’s 2021 recruiting class.


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