Men's Basketball
Illinois Lands Third-Straight Top-15 Class

 
Tracy Abrams
Tracy Abrams
 

Nov. 10, 2010

Champaign, Ill.- Illinois head coach Bruce Weber announced today the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent in Tracy Abrams, Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry and Mike Shaw. All four players hail from Chicago and are ranked in the Top 100 by various recruiting services, giving the Fighting Illini the No. 9 class in the nation by Rivals.com, No. 11 nationally by Scout.com and No. 14 nationally by ESPNU. The class also ranks first in the Big Ten by both Rivals and Scout. This marks the third consecutive year that Illinois has signed a Top-15 recruiting class.

"It's an exciting day for us as we officially welcome Tracy, Nnanna, Mycheal and Mike to our program," Weber said. "We always place a high priority on recruiting in-state talent, starting with Chicago, which produces some of the most talented players in the country each year. Our staff has worked hard at developing relationships throughout the Chicagoland area, and we're thrilled to have this year's entire recruiting class representing the Windy City."

Abrams is a 6-1 point guard from Mount Carmel High School who committed to the Illini as a sophomore. He is a consensus top-75 recruit who averaged 18 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior. Abrams was a first-team All-State selection by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and earned second-team All-State accolades by the Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).

Egwu is a 6-10 center from Saint Ignatius College Prep who committed to the UI prior to his junior season. He is a top-100 recruit who averaged 13 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots last year. Egwu led the Catholic League in blocks each of the last two seasons and is on pace to become one of the state's all-time leaders in that category. Egwu was a special mention All-State honoree by The News-Gazette.

Henry is a 6-6 wing from Orr Academy who chose the Illini following his junior campaign. A pure scorer and consensus top-75 recruit, Henry averaged 29 points and nine rebounds as a junior. He earned first-team All-State honors by the Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and News-Gazette and was a second-team All-State pick by the IBCA.

Shaw is a 6-8 forward from De La Salle Institute. The most recent player in the class to commit to the Illini, Shaw is a consensus top-50 recruit who averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a junior. Shaw was a first-team All-State selection by the IBCA and second-team All-State choice by the Chicago Sun-Times and News-Gazette.

TRACY ABRAMS
Point Guard
6-1, 175
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School/Coach: Mount Carmel/Mike Flaherty
AAU Program/Coach: Illinois Wolves, Mike Mullins

Notes: Consensus national top-75 recruit (No. 60 on rscihoops.com) ... Ranked No. 38 nationally by Prep Stars, No. 50 by Rivals, No. 55 by Hoopmasters, No. 80 by Scout, No. 82 by MaxPreps and No. 87 by ESPNU ... Averaged 18 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior ... First-team All-State by Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ... Second-team All-State by Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Special mention All-State by Chicago Tribune.

Weber on Abrams: "Tracy is a tough-minded point guard who enjoys playing both ends of the court. He looks to score, he distributes the ball and he loves to guard. He's competitive and driven, a hard worker who really enjoys the game."

NNANNA EGWU
Center
6-10, 230
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School/Coach: Saint Ignatius College Prep/Rich Kehoe
AAU Program/Coach: Illinois Wolves, Mike Mullins

Notes: National top-100 recruit ... Ranked No. 82 nationally by Scout, No. 93 by Rivals and No. 100 by Hoopmasters ... Averaged 13 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots as a junior ... Fourth-team All-State by Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Special mention All-State by Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ... First-team All-Catholic League selection.

Weber on Egwu: "Nnanna is a great story. He didn't even start playing basketball until middle school, but has made dramatic improvement over a short amount of time. He is an excellent shot blocker, and we feel his best attribute is the way he runs at his size. He sprints down the court every possession."

MYCHEAL HENRY
Wing
6-6, 215
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School/Coach: Orr Academy/Lou Adams
AAU Program/Coach: SYF, Wayne Brumm
Mac Irvin Fire, Mike Irvin

Notes: Consensus national top-75 recruit (No. 56 on rscihoops.com) ... Ranked No. 36 nationally by Rivals, No. 40 by MaxPreps, No. 52 by Prep Stars, No. 62 by Hoopmasters, No. 80 by ESPNU and No. 86 by Scout ... Averaged 29 points and nine rebounds as a junior ... First-team All-State by Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ... Second-team All-State by Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Special mention All-State by Chicago Tribune.

Weber on Henry: "Mycheal caught everyone's attention last season with some unbelievable performances in the Public League. Simply put, he is a scorer. He can shoot the basketball, is good around the basket and has great length and size for a guard."

MIKE SHAW
Forward
6-8, 220
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School/Coach: De La Salle Institute/Tom White
AAU Program/Coach: Mac Irvin Fire, Mike Irvin

Notes: Consensus national top-50 recruit (No. 50 on rscihoops.com) ... Ranked No. 34 nationally by MaxPreps, No. 42 by Prep Stars, No. 53 by Hoopmasters, No. 58 by Rivals, No. 61 by ESPNU and No. 66 by Scout ... Averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a junior ... First-team All-State by Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Second-team All-State by Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ... Special mention All-State by Chicago Tribune ... Honorable mention All-State by Associated Press.

Weber on Shaw: "We've followed Mike his entire high school career. He is extremely athletic and is a strong, physical presence on the court. He is an inside-outside threat who also plays well in transition and is an excellent rebounder."

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