Illini recruit Javon Pickett requests release
Saturday morning Illinois basketball recruit Javon Pickett asked for a release from his National Letter of Intent.
“Thank you to the University of Illinois for supporting my family and I during my recruitment,” Pickett said in a note posted on Twitter. “However, after the coaching change I experienced a level of apprehension due to the relationship my family and I developed with Coach Groce. After long thoughts and prayers I have decided to ask for my release from my NLI.”
— Javon Pickett (@JavonPickett) April 8, 2017
Pickett is a three-star guard with limited options before committing to Illinois. According to Scout, his offers included Drake, Illinois State, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola Chicago and Tennessee State.
“Coach Underwood has been highly supportive during this transition, however I need to ensure that as a student-athlete I am putting myself in the best possible situation to succeed both as a student and athlete,” Pickett said in a Twitter post.
He is the second metro-east basketball recruit to make a break from the Illini and new head coach Brad Underwood. Jeremiah Tilmon, the 6-foot-11 five-star recruit from East St. Louis, asked out of his commitment Wednesday.
Like Tilmon, Pickett will keep Illinois on his radar.
“During this period I would like to stress that all options remain open to include the University of Illinois,” Pickett said in a Twitter post.