Cuonzo Martin is doing his best to create a quick turnaround for a Missouri basketball program that has been in the dumps in recent seasons. And it appears coveted power forward Jeremiah Tilmon might want to be part of the solution for the Tigers.
According to a report from Rivals.com’s national basketball analyst Eric Bossi, the nation’s No. 29 player in the 2017 recruiting class requested a release from his letter of intent to play for Illinois. If the Illini grant this request, Bossi reports that it is expected that Tilmon will seek an opportunity to play for Martin at Missouri.
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) April 5, 2017
Tilmon posted the following message to his Instagram account on Wednesday:
“My family and I feel it’s only fair that we hear all opportunities and not be stuck in one situation. Illinois will always remain an option because of my ongoing relationship with coach Walker, but this is my future and I need to be certain before I come to campus in June.”
In Tilmon’s defense, he signed to play for John Groce at Illinois back in November, but Groce was fired and replaced by Brad Underwood. Mizzou was considered a finalist for Tilmon at that time, which was before Martin took over in March.
While this Tilmon-to-Mizzou is far from a sure thing at this point, it is plenty enough to get excited about for a Missouri fan base that already is hyped about the coming arrival of Michael Porter Jr., who is the No. 2 player in the 2017 class per the 247Sports composite rankings.
Tilmon, who is listed at 6-foot-10 and rated as the No. 8 power forward in the nation, would be a major addition to what is looking game-changing recruiting class for Martin. Still, there are many hurdles to clear for Tilmon and Missouri to be a match, including Illinois giving the blessing for the East St. Louis, Ill., product to go back on the market after signing on to be a part of their class.