- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Crete-Monee senior point guard Michael Orris said Monday he plans to remains committed to Illinois after speaking with new Illini coach John Groce over the weekend.
Orris, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is the lone player Illinois has signed for its Class of 2012. He averaged 12 points and four assists during his senior season.
Orris said it wasn’t one specific thing Groce sold him on remaining in Illinois’ plans, but more of an overall picture.
“Coach Groce is a great guy and seems to be a great coach,” Orris said. “He is a players’ type of coach and values having relationships. He is passionate and excited to get to work and to work hard.”
Orris’ decision to remain signed with Illinois ends what had been a wild recruiting ride for him. He committed to Creighton in May 2011. He decommitted from there in June after his former high school coach and recruiting advisor was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor. Orris then committed to Illinois in September 2011. Bruce Weber was fired from Illinois on March 9, and Groce was hired on Thursday.
“It feels good,” Orris said of having recruitment complete.