Crete-Monee's Orris goes with IllinoisCrete-Monee's Michael Orris goes up for a shot against Normal.
Updated: September 11, 2011 7:39PM
Illinois coach Bruce Weber has one scholarship available for the 2012 class, and Crete-Monee senior Michael Orris scooped it up on Sunday. Orris gave the Illini an oral commitment after making an official visit on Saturday.
This is Orris’ second oral commitment. He decomitted from Creighton in late June.
“I just knew it when I was there,” Orris said. “This time around I saw things differently than the first time I went through this. The campus is an hour and a half away. It’s in the Big Ten. And playing for my state school with the fan base they have is very appealing to me.”
Orris, a 6-2 guard, chose Illinois over Nebraska and Boston College. He is not ranked in the top 100 in the national class by any scouting service, but is considered one of the state’s top seniors. UIC had also been heavily pursuing Orris prior to his commitment to Creighton.
“The family atmosphere [at Illinois] is unbelievable,” Orris said. “Just being around those guys and connecting with the players and the coaches was something very different from the other places I had visited. Overall, when you combine what Illinois has to offer academically, socially and basketball wise, it’s the best situation for me.”
Contributing: Joe Henricksen