Sencire Harris and Jayden Epps officially joined the Illinois Basketball family on Wednesday after they signed with Brad Underwood and company.
Harris, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound guard from North Canton, Ohio is a four-star recruit who piqued the program’s interest due to his relationship with Illinois assistant coach Chester Frazier. Harris is also a graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, the same prep school NBA superstar LeBron James attended.
Harris originally committed to the Illini back on July 3. He had offers from Maryland, Xavier, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Hampton.
Clearly, he was popular in the state of Ohio, but something about the Illini attracted him to the orange and blue.
“(Sencire Harris) is a guy that’s got a ceiling that’s through the roof. There’s so many things that excite me about him. No. 1 … maybe as competitive a young guy as I’ve been around. He has a passion to win that is literally second to none.”– Brad Underwood on Sencire Harris
Epps committed to Illinois in July after he made a visit to Kansas at the end of June. The 6-foot-1 point guard from Suffolk, Virginia is built to fill a combo guard role for future Illini teams.
“A physically well built combo guard at 6-2. Has a quick burst with strength giving him explosiveness in tight spaces. A polished three-level scorer with an old school efficient pull up game in the midrange. Long range shot must be respected. Strong driver especially going right. Loves to finish at rim with a one hand scoop lay up. Capable distributer as well. Strong and composed with the basketball. Rebounds his position well. Has quality lateral quickness and the ability to defend the one through the three.”– Jerry Meyer, Director of Basketball Scouting
“I kind of compare (Jayden Epps) to a Frank Mason-type player. A guy that shoots the ball extremely well. He’s got a scorer’s mentality, but that doesn’t take away from his ability to playmaker.”– Brad Underwood on Jayden Epps
Epps looks to provide a major impact for Illinois next season with Trent Frazier set to graduate. He received offers from Kansas, Florida, Arkansas, Connecticut, Providence, Virginia Tech, and Texas A&M on top of other mid-major universities.
The nationally respected Illini have unfinished business this season. After a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA Tournament last season to Loyola, the Illini look to rebound and once again be a force in college basketball.
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