On Tuesday afternoon, Ramel Lloyd Jr., a four-star recruit, announced his top eight, which included Oregon, Arkansas, Baylor, Rutgers, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, and Illinois.
Lloyd, a 6-foot-6, 195 pounds, of Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon discussed what he liked about Illinois. “Great program that is continuing to ascend, in one of the best conferences in the country, and their play style and coaching staff fits my game.”
Brad Underwood and the Illini staff had a Zoom with Lloyd Jr and his family on November 23rd. I caught up with the four-star guard to talk about his Zoom meeting with Illinois.
Q: What were the biggest takeaways from your virtual meeting with Illinois?
“I feel like it’s a place that I could really succeed at, become a better player, and get to the next level.”
Q: Has the Illinois staff indicated how they would want to use you in their system at all?
“Try preached Ayo on me a lot and showing me how I could be a guy like him in their system and be utilized the same way he is.”
Illinois extended an offer to Lloyd Jr. on June 15. Lloyd Jr. said this about Coach Underwood. “I like his track record for winning, building his program, and the pride and confidence he has in his players, staff, and school.” Illini assistant Orlando Antigua has been the point man in Illinois’ pursuit. He discussed what he liked about Coach Antigua. “Coach Antigua is a cool guy; I like how he has a lot of experience in coaching at a high level and playing.”
Illinois guard friendly style will eventually help land some kids like Lloyd Jr. Odds are Andre Curbelo will still be around in 2022-23. The keys to the Illinois offense will be his, but the Illini have already shown this season that Curbelo paired with a bigger lead guard like Ayo Dosunmu works. The blueprint is there for Ramel Lloyd Jr. It should go down to the wire and Illinois will be right in the middle of it.