John Groce and Illinois have repeatedly lost out in recruiting battles for point guard prospects. But that losing streak ended Wednesday.
Te'Jon Lucas, a highly rated point guard out of Milwaukee, committed to the Illini over USC and Old Dominion.
— Te'Jon Lucas (@too_smoove23) September 17, 2015
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Lucas is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, though other sites give him a four-star ranking, and is Groce's first commitment of the Class of 2016.
The Illini have made a nasty habit of missing out on high-profile recruits during Groce's tenure, and the point guard position has been a particularly sore subject. Jaylon Tate, currently a junior, was the last point guard to commit to Illinois, and the lack of depth at the position has been exposed of late with Tracy Abrams suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries.
In the last year alone, Illinois has lost out — despite remaining in the running till the very end — on point guards such as Jalen Brunson, Jawun Evans, Marcus LoVett and Xavier Simpson, who committed to Michigan over Illinois and Wisconsin just last week.
So it's worth celebration among Illini fans that Groce finally landed a point guard of the future in Lucas.