What does Illinois get at Amani Hansberry?

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Mount Saint Joseph High School and team forward Durant Amani Hansberry just announced his commitment to Illinois live on 247Sports.

Currently ranked No. 52 nationally in the Class of 2023, Hansberry climbed the national rankings earlier this month after a strong season at EYBL, particularly at the Nike Peach Jam to close out the July recruiting period.

As new suitors attempted to swoop in on Hansberry after the summer, he ultimately chose Illinois from the final five which also included Auburn, Miami, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

What does it bring? How does he adapt? Who does it remind me of?

We’ve broken it all down, with video clips to back it up.

Full scouting report

Hansberry is a big upside down striker, who can play the role of a small five player at times. He has some of the best hands in high school basketball, great footwork, and keen game sense. While he doesn’t have the elite size or explosiveness, he is versatile and capable of impact victory in different ways. He’s a threat to score with both hands around the rim, poised in the post, shrewd with his use of counterfeits, able to create space with his broad shoulders and a very good passer from multiple places On the ground. At the same time, he is a reliable free-throw shooter and continues to expand his face-up game, without sacrificing his effectiveness. He’s a high-volume rebounder, capable of winning 50-50 balls due to his length and hands, and in all the right places at both ends of the floor. Defensively, he’s better as a five at times, but doesn’t project as much rim protection presence to the next level.

How he adapts

Illinois filled a major hole in its roster with the addition of Baylor graduate transfer Matthew Mayer for the coming year, but will have that same spot available a year from now when Mayer no longer has eligibility.

junior striker Coleman Hawkins should also have a breakout season and so, in the current landscape of college basketball, it may not be a lock to return.

Hansberry offers an ideal building block in the frontcourt due to his versatility and ability to play both positions up front. Offensively, he has been at his best so far in his career when he was able to operate with an inside-out style, and therefore ideally paired alongside wide ground spacing. However, his passing ability, ground vision and decision-making ability give him plenty of potential to play in dribbling action or out of short rolls in the pick-and-roll.

The key will be on the defensive side. He’s a high-volume rebounder, so his ability to finish defensive possessions isn’t an issue, even when up against bigger players. But he also doesn’t provide much rim protection, so as his conditioning continues to evolve in Illini’s weight room, he may prove to be a better defensive fit at four, especially in a conference like the Big Ten which generally features more collective size up front.

Whatever positional tag he is associated with, Hansberry is a player who can impact the game in many ways, especially on the attacking side, and thus fit into various types of lineups and rotations. .

Overall, he is very reminiscent of the former Notre Dame striker Bonzie Colson at a similar stage.

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