Michael Finke's commitment

"Last year at this time," the younger Finke said, "I had no schools interested in me."

South Dakota State first offered him a scholarship last April, with offers from Big Ten schools Wisconsin and Iowa coming in July. The first contact Illinois had with Finke was Illinois assistant coach Jamall Walker called Jeff Finke in early August.

"It's a combination of a little bit of exposure, a lot of hard work, and the bottom line is the world has shrunk," ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "Good news travels fast. When you get a 6-10 guy who thinks the game and has legitimate skill, South Dakota State knew they had a window of about a week. What it says is it can happen at anytime."

City/Suburban Hoops publisher Joe Henricksen called Finke's recruitment a "meteoric rise."

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