Illinois Basketball: Illini pursuing 2022 small forward Ramel Lloyd Jr

With recruiting heating up, the Illinois basketball team has taken interest in top-60 small forward, Ramel Lloyd Jr., among a whole host of other Power 5 schools.

Four-star recruit Ramel Lloyd Jr. is starting to get on everyone’s radars. He hails from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. Lloyd Jr. recently transferred to Dream Christian Academy, an upcoming hotbed for elite-level talent out of Glendale, Arizona. The transition serves as a better opportunity for the rising junior small forward.

Currently, Lloyd Jr. is listed at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds, and is getting multiple looks. Along with Illinois‘ interest, Arizona State, Arkansas, and DePaul have also caught the attention of the young prospect.


Lloyd Jr.’s recruiting class may take a major hit with summer high school basketball being canceled in California due to COVID-19. Therefore, he had to make a critical choice to further benefit his high school and future collegiate basketball career.

In January, Lloyd Jr. was voted the Southern California player of the week by his peers and fans, scoring 27 points in a rout of Chatsworth, 74-48.

Watch his film and get a behind the scenes look below.

Lloyd Jr. recognizes he has not reached his full potential and has witnessed California standout Jalen Green forego college and chase his NBA aspirations. Lloyd Jr. feels that if they have enough stock, they should consider it.

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If Lloyd Jr. plans to play for Brad Underwood, he would join Coleman Hawkins, Andre Curbelo, Luke Goode, and Adam Miller, which could make for a really intriguing team in the years to come.

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