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Illinois Basketball Recruiting: Michael Orris Reopens Recruitment, Will Not Play For Illini

Illinois lost a guard prospect on Friday.

Mar 29, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini new head coach John Groce at a press conference announcing his hire at Assembly Hall.   Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 29, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini new head coach John Groce at a press conference announcing his hire at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

On Friday, Michael Orris announced that he has decided not to enroll at the University of Illinois and will look elsewhere to play college basketball. Orris, a 6'2" point guard, had been the only commitment in Illinois' 2012 class. He had originally committed to play for Bruce Weber.

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According to Orris' AAU coach, new head coach John Groce's style of play became an issue, and Groce was surprised by the news that Orris decided to move on.

"He felt (Groce's) style would not fit the way he plays," Lidskin said.

He said Groce was "kind of shocked" but was easy to deal with during the process.

It is not yet known which schools Orris will consider.

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