Illinois has had some transfers that opened up some key spots for next season. Illinois is looking to add another ball handler who can also score and distribute. The staff has been keeping its eye on 6’2 Andres Feliz of Northwestern Florida state junior college. They had been keeping it quiet untill recently partly because they think so high of him.

Andres has some connection to Illinois assistant coach Orlando Antigua from his days at South Florida. Andres committed to Antigua during his tenure in Tampa. Andres has spent time playing internationally with the Dominican Republic, where Orlando Antigua spent time as the national team coach. Andres averaged 20 points and 6 assists a game, while shooting over 60% from the floor and 42% from deep. He won Panhandle player of the year and helped lead his team to over 30 wins and an elite eight appearance.

I spoke to Andres over the weekend about his upcoming visit and his recruitment.

In his words : Andres Feliz

A new name to many Illini fans, I wanted to see how his connection with the staff was besides Orlando Antigua. He told me “I have a good relationship with coach antigua, but I also like the fact that coach Underwood came and supported me in ball this year by coming to my practices and games.

I was curious who else he was considering because he had many teams catch wind of his record breaking season. He broke the NWFS all time assist record this season. Andres said “Illinois is the only visit that I have scheduled and I’m really excited to see how’s the school and the city of Champaign”.

Andres is an extremely hard worker, one of the many things the Illinois staff love about him. He improved his scoring by 9 points a game and improved his three point percentage from 19 to 42%. I asked what he would he would attribute that too. He told me “All the hard work that I put in over the summer paid off during the season. Thats how you get better.”

Swami’s Take

Andres told me he doesn’t have a specific decision day in mind, but with Illinois as his only scheduled visit, that speaks volumes to where his mind and interest are. You can’t over state his connection to Orlando Antigua. Illinois has playing time available and Andres ran a similar offensive system in Junior college. Illinois spent many days and hours recruting Andres and I believe that will pay off. Whether this weekend or later this month, Illinois is in great shape.

Andres brings an impact guard scoring and distributing.  With an extremely young team returning, Andres will bring a veteran presence having two years of eligibility. He is someone opposing defenses cant relax on or leave open and will always try and find an open man if its available. He has high character on and off the court with high basketball IQ. My staff contact told me ” I love that kid, hes a winner”. That’s exactly what this program needs.

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