Illinois Hosts Juwan Morgan

Illinois Hosts Juwan Morgan

Class of 2015 Waynesville (MO) forward Juwan Morgan visited Champaign on Tuesday along with MoKan AAU teammate Shake Milton. We caught up with Morgan to get the low-down on his visit to Illinois.

The Illini hosted a pair of 2015 prospects from the MoKan Nike EYBL program on Tuesday afternoon including Scout's 80th ranked prospect Juwan Morgan. The 6'7" skilled power forward chatted with us about the visit to Champaign.

"When we got there we met with Coach Groce and then he showed us a video over the Illinois program," he said. "After that we toured over the campus and talked with the nutritionist and academic advisor. They let us go for lunch and then when we went back we sat and went over their style of play. Then we watched their guys practice."

Morgan discussed what impressed him most while on his visit Tuesday.

"How much they focus on player development as well as getting the team better," he said.

The Illini coaching staff told him what they like about his game and their level of interest in him.

"They said that I was a skilled forward that could do a lot more than just hang in the post and that I could make plays away from the ball and with the ball in my hands," Morgan said. "They didn't say anything about how they will (be recruiting me), but they will probably start recruiting me more."

Although no offer was extended on the visit Illinois is in the process of building a relationship with Morgan.

"I had talked with Coach Walker a few times in the week before," he said.

Morgan is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail and is racking up the offers quickly.

"Indiana, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Creighton, Wake Forest, Princeton, Penn, Northwestern, and there's a few others (that have offered)," he said.

The rising senior broke down what he will be looking for in a program.

"How family oriented the team and staff is," Morgan said. "Academics of course. Then how I'd fit into the program and player development."

Morgan chatted with us about his game and what he feels his strengths are as a prospect.

"I think my game has improved a lot over the year," he said. "My strengths are probably rebounding, running out and making plays in transition. Also doing all the dirty work like setting screens for others. Really sitting down and guarding and boxing out. The little things."

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