March 10, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Ohio Bobcats head coach John Groce during the first half against the Akron Zips of the finals of the 2012 MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Illinois Basketball Recruiting 2013: Illini Land Coveted Center Maverick Morgan

Class of 2013 center Maverick Morgan has chosen the Illinois Fighting Illini.

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Tyler Ennis Decision: Point Guard Selects Syracuse Over Illinois

Five-star basketball recruit Tyler Ennis has turned down the Illinois Fighting Illini's offer and is headed to Syracuse to play for Jim Boeheim, according to Jeff Borzello at CBSSports.com.

Ennis, a 6'2" point guard, is ranked No. 20 overall in Rivals' 2013 recruiting rankings. He is originally from the Toronto area, but is currently playing prep basketball at St. Benedict in Newark, N.J. According to Rivals, his main strength is passing the ball, although he is also a skilled shooter and rebounder.

Ennis selected the Orange over Illinois, Memphis, UCLA and Louisville.

Head coach John Groce and the Illini are still hot on the trail of Indiana prep point guard Demetrius Jackson, who is a four-star recruit and ranked No. 70 overall on Rivals. To this point, they have received commitments from Belleville, Ill. shooting guard Malcolm Hill and Springboro, Ohio power forward Maverick Morgan as part of their 2013 recruiting class.

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Illinois Basketball Recruiting: SG Kendrick Nunn Has Illini In 5-Team List

The Illinois Fighting Illini appear to have a one in five chance of landing Simeon product G Kendrick Nunn, according to ESPN Chicago. The senior from Chicago received offers from eight schools, but has narrowed his list to include only:

The Illini basketball team, after a rough 2011-12 season, brought in new head coach John Groce. And Nunn's father, Melvin Nunn, says that played a major role in including the Illini in the final five:

"They didn't have a chance of recruiting Ken at Ohio," Melvin said. "We loved the coaching staff at Ohio, but they weren't a bigger school. Since they moved onto a bigger school, a bigger spotlight, that's how we got interested in Illinois now more than when coach (Bruce) Weber was there. We have a good relationship with coach Groce."

Kendrick Nunn has a four-star rating from ESPN and is considered the No. 54 prospect in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Illinois.

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Illinois Basketball Recruiting: John Groce And Staff Hit Recruiting Trail With High Expectations

New Illinois coach John Groce is trying to rebuild the Illini as quickly as he can, and to that end, he says that he and his staff are working hard. Groce doesn't want to use the fact that he's only been on the job a few months as an excuse for taking things slowly.

“From the standpoint, we came here to put us in the best position to get this thing done as quickly as possible,” Groce said by phone on Friday. “I’m not really a patient guy. I didn’t come into this position thinking this is going to take us this long. That’s not my mindset."

Related: Illinois Basketball Recruiting 2013: Maverick Morgan Commits To Illini

Groce and company have already picked up two 2013 prospects: center Maverick Morgan and shooting guard Malcolm Hill.

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Illinois Basketball Recruiting 2013: Maverick Morgan Commits To Illini

One of the quickest ways for a new head coach to engender himself to his fan base— especially if he wasn't the fan base's first choice to be coach— is to make waves in recruiting. Illinois Fighting Illini head basketball coach John Groce won't convince fans of his ability by landing just one recruit, but with that said, landing center Maverick Morgan can't hurt. Morgan, a 6' 10" power forward/center from Ohio, tweeted today that he has committed to Illinois:

Morgan is a consensus three-star recruit, with Rivals ranking him as 148th best recruit in the 2013 class and ESPN tabbing him as 15th best center in the country and the 41st best prospect in the Midwest.

Morgan is Illinois' second commit for the 2013 class, joining Belleville, Ill. star Malcom Hill, who pledged to ex-Illini coach Bruce Weber.

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Illinois Basketball Recruiting: Illini Commit Jalen James Re-Opens College Choice

Gurad Jalen James is re-opening his recruitment after originally committing to the Illini.

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