Downers Grove South senior T.J. Clifford felt the love from Western Michigan this week, and the forward announced his commitment to the MAC program via Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
Honored to say that I have committed to Western Michigan University to play basketball and continue my education!🐎🏀 pic.twitter.com/oJ9SFtH88M— Tj Clifford (@TjClifford34) July 10, 2016
The 6-foot-6 Clifford was a major priority for Western Michigan head coach Steve Hawkins during the first week of the July live evaluation period this week. Clifford helped the Illinois Wolves win the championship in the 17U division of the Chicago Summer Challenge.
Wolves program director Mike Mullins told CSN that Hawkins and assistant coach Larry Farmer watched every one of Clifford's games during the event and made him a major focal point of their 2017 recruiting class.
Clifford gives the Broncos a bouncy and active forward who can score and rebound. If Clifford improves his perimeter jumper, he could be a versatile piece for the Broncos who could play multiple spots on the floor.
Western Michigan has aggressively recruited Chicago the last few years. They pulled in Morgan Park's Jarrin Randall and T.F. South's Brandon Johnson from the Class of 2016.