Dwayne Pierce remains a priority for Illini

Basketball in Illinois continues its quest to add more talent to the already loaded 2024 class.

Illini has two commitments for the 2024 class. Moores Johnson leads the way for the class, as he is a four-star recruit and is the 42nd player in the country. It would be a great VIP option for the 4th place Orange and Blue team.

Bringing the ball to the court in the future will be ZZ Clark. He’s a three-star recruit and the 136th player in the 2024 class. It’s likely that Clarke will take over from his brother Skye once he leaves the program.

The search for more talent in 2024 is always on-going at Illini. The coaching staff still has some great options on the board, and one of those options is Dwayne Pierce.

Pierce is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound petite striker from Christ The King Regional High School and resides in Middle Village, New York. He is rated a four-star recruit and is ranked the 93rd player in the 2024 class. He is also the country’s number 26 junior striker and the number 3 player to come out of New York.

Illinois began cementing its pursuit of Pierce again in June. Illini came up with an offer to the Astral Wing, and since then, recruitment has been consistent. It looks like the coaching staff in Illinois will be visiting Pierce soon, too.

According to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog, Illinois is among a handful of teams that will be visiting Pierce in the coming weeks. In addition to the Illini, teams that will also watch Pierce include Memphis, Penn State, Iowa State, Florida State, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, and Pittsburgh.

Basketball in Illinois will address the wing spot with Dwayne Pierce.

It’s fun ripping off big guys and guards. Illinois has Johnson and Clark coming from the 2024 class. We were able to hit Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn in the 2018 and 2019 classes respectively. The 2022 class brought a lot of talent in the first and second places. But we don’t have much depth in our No. 3 wing spot.

I think a player like Ty Rodgers could do well there. Luke Goode is another good option. But adding someone like Pierce will help solidify that role, and will free up other players to play their normal positions.

Pierce is a good player who could help the Illinois basketball program in the future. It will join the second tier currently in the country as well. 2024 could produce a special group of players.

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