Illinois Fighting Illini add talented big man
John Groce and his Illinois Illini staff added some immediate big man help for the future with the commitment of 6-9 220-pound Austin Colbert from Gladstone, NJ Gil St. Bernard who committed on Monday afternoon to the Illini.
“Coach Groce showed me how they will use me in their system,” Colbert said. “I just felt comfortable with the coaches, players, the fans; it was definitely a family atmosphere.”
Colbert is an athletic big man that can post and finish with flush or jump hook in the paint. He has ability to pop, face and hit elbow jumper or pick and pop at free throw line. He is a solid rebounder who starts break with board and outlet. He has a motor that Illini fans are going to love and when focused can be a difference maker on both ends. He will add immediate help upfront for Coach Groce’s squad.
Colbert is a staement recruit for Groce who had concntrated on Illinois kids early, including two that rated among top one hundred in Nunn and Hill, but the addition of Colbert, a national level east coast recruit shows the Illini are going to be players wherever they compete for top talent. Look for this class to crack top twenty-five in early recruiting!
He chose Illinois over Villanova and had Seton Hall and Miami-Florida on his list of finalists.
Colbert joins a fast rising class that includes top one hundred talents 6-2 scoring guard Kendrick Nunn and 6-6 wing Malcolm Hill along with 5-11 point guard Jaylon Tate (Nunn’s Simeon teammate) and 6-10 center Maverick Morgan in the Fighting Illini Class of 2013.