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Fighting Illini men’s basketball land third member of 2018 recruiting class

By Eli Schuster, Assistant Sports Editor for Video

The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team has locked down a commitment from its third member of the 2018 recruiting class.

Samba Kane comes in as a 7-foot power forward out of Florida Preparatory Academy. Originally from Senegal, Kane only recently fell under Head Coach Brad Underwood’s radar. His official visit to the University was on Wednesday, March 7, and the Fighting Illini staff landed his commitment following the end of his visit on March 9.

At first, Kane was a member of the 2019 class but reclassified to make himself eligible for 2018. The three-star forward, according to 247sports, received offers from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Massachusetts and Rutgers. He also drew interest from Louisville, Wichita State and Arizona State.

Kane joins a 2018 class that consists of five-star guard Ayo Dosunmu and three-star guard Alan Griffin.

About the Writer
Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

My name is Elias Schuster, and I am extremely happy to be in the sports editor role here at The Daily Illini. I am currently a senior here at the University studying journalism and have a strong passion for sports. For the past three years, I have worked at the DI producing digital content. I have covered both Illinois football and basketball for the last three seasons and previously held the sports video editor title. A little background on me, I am originally from a suburb outside Chicago called Vernon Hills, Illinois. Growing up outside a sports-centric city quickly made me fall in love with the sports world. It also made me quickly fall in love with deep dish pizza, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, if you have any questions or comments about anything at all, please feel free to contact me. Oh, and keep up to date with all the latest news via twitter @Schuster _Elias and @di_sports.

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