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5-Star PF Jeremiah Tilmon Announces He'll Play For Illinois

Illinois basketball fans - rejoice. The Illini have landed one of the most coveted recruits in college hoops. Five-star power forward Jeremiah Tilmon, who hails from East Saint Louis, Illinois, will be staying home for his collegiate experience.

Tilmon, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound player, announced the news on Twitter. Tilmon had offers from a number of other powers, including Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and UCLA. He's ranked as the 23rd-best player in the class, per 247 Sports.

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Tilmon's decision is huge news for a program that hasn't participated in the NCAA Tournament since 2013. Expect him to have an immediate impact.