Family affair

5-Star G’s Brother and Illinois Pledge Also Commit to Fighting Illini

Just weeks ago, Illinois got a huge boost with its 2022 recruiting class, landing a commitment from 5-star guard Skyy Clark. This week, Brad Underwood and his team received more good news.

Skyy’s younger brother, ZZ, also travels to Champaign to play college basketball. The 6-foot-1 guard and member of the 2024 recruiting class made his announcement on Monday.

ZZ picks Illinois from offers from Arizona State, Creighton, DePaul, Kansas, Tennessee State, Vanderbilt, and Washington. It currently has no 247Sports rating.

ZZ becomes the second prospect in the recruiting class of 2024 to enlist in Illinois. He joins Chicago-born 4-star forward Morez Johnson.

Skyy held two dozen offers and committed to Illinois on April 7. He gave the Fighting Illini a huge boost in the recruiting rankings as they now sit at No. 3 in B1G and No. 8 nationally, according to 247Sports.

Illinois has had great success the past two seasons under Underwood. In 2020-21, the Fighting Illini won the B1G Tournament and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year, Illinois won a share of the B1G regular season crown.

The Fighting Illini, however, are looking to make a longer run in March Madness. Adding tracks like Skyy and ZZ Clark to the roster should go a long way towards that.