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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Prospect's dad keeping eye on Weber situation

By Scott Powers

The father of one of state’s top high school basketball prospects said he was unsure how he’d feel about Illinois if Bruce Weber wasn’t its coach.

Dell Yarbrough, the father of Zion-Benton 6-6 sophomore forward Milik Yarbrough, said he was closely watching what unfolds at Illinois and thinks it could affect where the Illini stand with his son.

Milik Yarbrough is the No. 8 nationally-ranked small forward in the Class of 2014 by ESPN Recruiting. He’s considered among the top five prospects in the state.

“I don’t think Milik is interested, but I am,” said Dell, whose oldest son Vincent Yarbrough played at Tennessee. “I’m really curious. I like Weber. If he’s not there, I don’t know who would come in. I don’t know how they would approach Milik, how they would recruit Milik.

“I like Weber. That’s one of the schools we liked. I don’t know how long he’s going to be there.”

Dell said he had developed a good relationship with Weber over the past few years.

“I just like his charisma,” Dell said. “I thought he was a good coach. I’ve talked to him several times. I think he’s a man of his word. Plus, us being in the same area where Jereme Richmond came from, we knew him then. We know him pretty well.”

Yarbrough is being strongly recruited by DePaul, Illinois, Marquette, Purdue and Tennessee, according to Dell.

Yarbrough had 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals in a win over Mather in Chicago on Friday. He scored 40 points in a win earlier this month.