Illini Recruiting Insider With Ryan Evan

June 4, 2017

5:00 P.M. CST

A Closer Look At George Conditt

By Ryan Evan--Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye Recruiting Contributor

In my first article I discussed the 2017 Fighting Illini basketball recruiting class and some of the challenges Brad Underwood has faced in just over 2 months as head coach. The final touches should be added in the next week with late bloomer Gregory Eboidbogin from Detroit, a former UIC commit that the coaching staff sees huge upside and potential in. Having only played 4 years of hoops, he has a lot of natural ability and soaks up knowledge rapidly. I will not question or doubt this staff until I see failure or talent not produce.  I trust their experience and knowledge to fit the system they run. With that being said, I must turn my attention to a kid whose stock has sky rocketed on the high major scene.

The player's name is George Conditt, a 6'10 center from Chicago Corliss High school. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his family as well as his AAU coach from Team RWA (coach Fish) yesterday afternoon. I had gotten to see George play last winter during the Taylorville Holiday tournament near my home.  Little did I know then he would have grown a few more inches and still be growing.

I did a live periscope interview with George and his AAU coach but have kept a few things for this article. Among the things that intrigue me the most, George will not turn 17 untill August and could easily be playing 16u on the AAU circuit. He plays up in competition and will be a 2018 recruit instead of 2019. Players games can grow quickly in a year and his potential by the time he is 18 is enormous. George has a 7’3 wingspan and really good instincts around the basket as a shot blocker.  Add the fact he is 6 foot 10 and half to the equation and it’s a lethal combination. His AAU coach told me during one our many conversation’s he could easily be 7’1 before he is done growing.

The scary thing for future opponents is that George has been a guard his entire life. He handles the ball like a guard and has good enough foot speed to blow by other big men. He is a mismatch nightmare and opposing teams and coaches know this. George has a soft touch around the rim and is very smart with the ball.  Did I mention he can stroke it from beyond the arc as well? I think one can see what has created the much deserved attention from Division 1 programs.

This leads me to yesterday’s Illini offer for George.  It was his 17th and first from a power five school. It was an offer he wanted badly and he told me “I really wanted the Illinois offer because not only is it Big Ten but it’s my home state and school”. The offer was a surprise to George even though he was thinking it was a possibility. I asked him what the staff is looking for him to improve and focus on and he told me “food and a lot of it”. George knows he needs to get bigger and stronger if he is going to compete at a high level as a stretch four and center for Brad Underwood.

I also asked George if his post moves and low post game were an area he wanted to focus on and he admitted he wanted to improve some in that area.” In college I know I am going to be asked to play down low even if I have more of a guards mentality right now,"  Condit told me. The staff knows other big men will have a hard time keeping me in front of them and I use my length to my advantage."

 George’s breakthrough performance for me came against 2018 big man Jalen Shaw who plays for the Kessel Heat NY2LA 17-U AAU program, up in Wisconsin last month. George showed a competitive edge and aggressive mentality around the basket. I personally love his tenacity and the fact that he dislikes losing more than most. George had 9 offers at that point in his recruitment. He added 8 more since that time with Illinois being the biggest. I expect other Big ten offers and Power Five conference programs to get involved as well. George will be attending a Purdue camp with his team in the next couple weeks and don’t be suprised if he nets another offer from the Boilermakers.

Others may not have seen him as a high major player a couple weeks ago but what I saw last month told me everything I need to know. George has a work ethic second to none and surrounds himself with good people who want the best for him. Loyalty means everything and wherever he feels welcome and treated like family is going to get a heck of a player.  George reminds me a lot of Karl Anthony Towns, and I think Illinois has a coach who might know a thing or two about him. The rest is up to George to show the world who he is. He has the spotlight now and I am thankful I can help put it on him. Whoever ends up with George is getting one heck of a player but I know this --he would be a perfect fit for Coach Underwood’s system. Illinois did the right thing by offering him before other high major programs and the staff believes in him. Loyalty goes a long way with George as do first impressions. There is no question that Illinois made the right one yesterday.

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