Illinois Basketball: Illini getting in the mix for Ohio big man

Illinois basketball is officially targeting an under-the-radar recruit for the 2022 class.

The building efforts continue for the Illini when it comes to the class of 2022. Jayden Epps and Sencire Harris are the two commitments so far, and they have the program in the top 25 nationally. But adding more talent is needed. That is why Illinois is now targeting Keyshawn Hall.

Hall is a 6-foot-7, 255-pound power forward from Cleveland Heights High School and resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He isn’t rated or ranked by 247Sports, but it doesn’t look like they have updated his profile in a little while. Hall does have a nice haul of scholarship offers, though.


In addition to Illinois, Hall has roughly 11 other scholarship offers on the table right now. Some of the bigger programs to recently offer him a scholarship include the likes of Texas A&M, Wichita State, and South Carolina. So, there is a ton of big-time interest in this kid.

What would Hall bring to the Illinois basketball program?

Hall can do a lot of different things on the basketball court. He isn’t just a solid big body, which also is also a huge asset.

The ability for Hall to work off the dribble is phenomenal for his size. He can match up with a player and drive to the hoop. His handles are that of a guard, but he stands at 6-foot-7, which is insane.

Hall is always looking to make a play. He isn’t in this for himself. While he can score well from multiple levels, the ability for Hall to get his teammates involved is what I like the most. He would be a fun player to have on the Illinois basketball team.

I think the Illini may have a shot at landing Hall. There is still a lot of work to do, but Illinois has connections to the state of Ohio now. We have landed a quality player like Harris who can help recruit someone like Hall.

Overall, the addition of Hall to the program would be great. I think this kid has a chance to be a really good player.