Brad Underwood’s job got harder this week as another player transferred out of the Illini basketball program. While the Illini should be strong at the guard position, they might struggle against bigger opponents. This has made it imperative for the staff to seek out recruits with size.
Jason Jitoboh, a high 3* center, was offered this week by the Illini. He is part of the 2019 class currently and is ranked as the 7th best player in the state of Tennessee and 35th best center nationally. His recruitment has been picking up and he has accumulated 8 total scholarship offers highlighted by offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Louisville, Illinois, and Tennessee. He took sometime this week to talk to me about his recruitment.
AS: As a center, how would you describe your game? End to end? Back to the basket? Rebounding?
Jason Jitoboh: I’ll say I’m a rebounding, more back to the basket type of player.
AS: What would you say is your go to move on the block when you need to get a bucket?
Jason Jitoboh: Probably the hook shot.
AS: What part of your game would you like to work on most?
Jason Jitoboh: Working on staying in shape so I can play more minutes on the court. Also, I want to work on being able to defend smaller guards better.
AS: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
Jason Jitoboh: Tennessee, Louisville, and Florida have been recruiting hard.
AS: Regarding the Illini, do you have interest in them?
Jason Jitobah: Yes, I have interest and have built a good relationship with the staff before I was offered.
AS: Are you planning to visit Champaign?
Jason Jitoboh: I don’t know as of right now.
The the 2019 recruiting class could be a make or break class for Coach Underwood. This makes it quite important to gain some early momentum from some early commits.
Jason Jitoboh is not the typical type of big for Brad Underwood’s system but I think he could fit a nice role on the team. It remains to be seen how much interest he has in the Illini with most recruiting experts expecting him to commit to Louisville. If the Illini are able to land him, this will help add depth to a very thin front line.