Illinois Basketball: Illini target Trey Pettigrew transferring high schools

A big-time Illinois basketball target has announced he is transferring high schools.

On Wednesday evening, Fenwick High School guard Trey Pettigrew announced that he will be transferring out of Fenwick and will be attending Hillcrest Prep. This is a big move for one of the best recruits in the class of 2022.

Pettigrew is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo-guard who now plays for Hillcrest Prep in Arizona but resides in Oak Park, Illinois. 247Sports doesn’t have Pettigrew ranked yet, but Rivals have him as a three-star recruit. It wouldn’t shock me to see 247Sports open Pettigrew up inside the top 100 as a four-star considering he already has four scholarship offers and three of those are from the Big Ten.

This is a big move that affects not just where Pettigrew plays his high school basketball, but it also affects his recruitment. Illinois offered the talented guard back on June 15. He has even pinned the tweet of the offer announcement. But with going to the west, this opens his recruitment up a little more for west coast teams to eye him.

Pettigrew is only entering his junior year, so he has some time to continue to develop. But this kid is good enough to play on the college stage right now. He brings a lot to the game of basketball.

I love Pettigrew’s scoring ability. When I say scoring ability, I mean in every form and fashion. He isn’t just a slasher. He can get to the rim, has nice touch in the lane and can hit the three-ball. It doesn’t shock me that he has programs already eyeing him.

I think the Illini will be okay in the recruitment of Pettigrew despite him heading to Arizona for the final couple of years of high school. He still plays for the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team, which Illinois has a strong connection with. Chin Coleman is also the main recruiter for Pettigrew. With his leadership, I trust we can land this big-time guard.