Illinois could be without its top recruit when the Illini take the court next winter.
Illinois fired former head coach John Groce in March, and now the Illini could be paying for it. The No. 1 high school basketball prospect in Illinois committed to the Illini program, but now he's walking back his commitment.
Jeremiah Tilmon took to Instagram to announce that he requested his release from his National Letter of Intent due to the coaching changes.
According to 247Sports' Composite Rankings, Tilmon is the No. 8 power forward in the 2017 recruiting class and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Illinois. Tilmon is the No. 29 overall recruit in the country, and if granted his release, will cause a recruiting firestorm.
The East Saint Louis native held offers from Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, UCLA, North Carolina, and Michigan State before deciding on Illinois.
Missouri has reportedly emerged as the favorite to land Tilmon. According to 247Sports' Crystal Ball Predictions, Tilmon is expected to join Michael Porter Jr., the nation's No. 2 high school prospect, and become a Missouri Tiger.
If those predictions hold, Missouri will have two of the top 30 recruits in this year's class and have a great shot at success in the SEC during the 2017-2018 season.