Illinois Basketball: Illini target Jordan Nesbitt sets top list date

One of the biggest targets left for the Illinois basketball class of 2021 is starting to make plans for his recruitment.

On Friday afternoon, Jordan Nesbitt took to Twitter to announce that he will be coming out with his top 10 list on August 7. That is a week from Friday, so this is when some teams will have their hopes and dreams crushed by the talented wing.

Nesbitt is an extremely talented player. He is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound small forward from St. Louis Christian Academy and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 82 player in the class of 2021 and the No. 16 small forward in the nation. He is also the No. 2 player in the state of Missouri.


As of right now, 247Sports has Nebraska and Illinois as Nesbitt’s only two “warm” programs. That does not mean much, though. Nesbitt clearly hasn’t made a decision but is wanting to narrow the scope of his recruitment. If it was really down to just two teams, he would let us know that.

I believe Illinois is up there for Nesbitt’s commitment and will be in his top 10. But am I sure that the Illini are the leader like most people assumed months ago? His silence is speaking louder than anything, so I do not think he has a leader right now.

Where would Nesbitt fit on the Illinois depth chart?

If Nesbitt did pick the Illini, this would provide the program so much depth at guard. As of right now, I would have Luke Goode rotating with the No. 2 and No. 3 guards on the roster. If Nesbitt commits to Illinois, this would change.

I would shift Goode over to the full-time No. 2 backup. This would free up the No. 3 backup spot for Nesbitt. After Jacob Grandison graduates, Nesbitt would take over the starting spot. This would be his sophomore season.

Illinois needs to continue adding to the class of 2021. We need more talent to fill the massive voids that we will have on the team. Nesbitt would be a perfect fit for the program.