Mark Alstork is coming to Illinois, announcing his commitment to Brad Underwood's program Wednesday afternoon.
But while the Wright State transfer — who averaged 19 points a game last season — is a welcome addition to a team looking to replace an awful lot from last season, it's Alstork's commitment video that demands a little more exploration.
Alstork sits in his apartment during the video, which dedicates much of its runtime to showing Alstork's collection of Kobe Bryant posters.
He reminds viewers of his final four choices — Illinois, LSU, South Carolina and Pitt — as each school's logo pops up, though Alstork pretends like the logos are in the room with him, holding two in his hands and watching others floating above his head.
He swats the South Carolina, Pitt and LSU logos away before making his announcement by tossing the Illinois logo up into the middle of the screen.
Also, there's an unexplained slideshow of nature photos playing on a TV behind him.
You've got to see this thing:
Well, that's the quite the production, and it's exactly production that Underwood & Co. hope Alstork brings to Champaign.
A graduate transfer, Alstork will be immediately eligible this fall in Underwood's first season. Alstork could start after Illinois lost leading scorers Malcolm Hill, Maverick Morgan and Tracy Abrams to graduation this spring. There are questions as to whether Jalen-Coleman Lands, another starter from last season, will return this fall.
That means Alstork could be a veteran starter for the team, playing alongside young guards like sophomore Te'Jon Lucas and incoming freshmen Mark Smith, Trent Frazier and Da'Monte Williams.
In addition to averaging 19 points a game last season, Alstork averaged 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in more than 30 minutes a game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from 3-point range.