Conditt’s long road finishes at Iowa State
George Conditt was an unknown when the season ended in March. His team, Corliss, finished the season 8- 12, fourth in the Blue- South. It has been a long road from that point to signing with a high- major school.
“To be honest, I knew everything was coming, even during the season last year,” Conditt said. “But I didn’t know it was coming like this. I never imagined it would get as big as it did, with 40 offers and everything.”
Conditt was surrounded Wednesday by his friends, family, coaches, teammates and school officials as he signed his letter of intent to play for Iowa State. The 6- 10 senior is part of a local trio heading to Ames, Iowa, next season. Hinsdale South’s Zion Griffin and Simeon’s Talen Horton- Tucker also signed with the Cyclones. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm landed three of the state’s top four prospects.
“George brings size, length and really good skill in the frontcourt,” Prohm said. “His best basketball is ahead of him. As we went through the process, he was a guy we had to get. We are ecstatic about getting him.”
Conditt was the area’s breakout star on the spring- and summerclub circuit. He’ll be a marked man this high school season, but he’s ready for the challenge.
“A lot of behind- the- scenes work went into this, a lot of patience,” Conditt said. “I worked hard for this. I’m ready for what the season will bring. I have to go at everybody. Everyone is going to come at me stronger, so I need to play my heart out every game.”
Illinois gets its man
Morgan Park senior point guard Ayo Dosunmu made it official with Illinois, signing his letter of intent. He’s the best local recruit the Illini have signed since Waukegan’s Jereme Richmond.
“It’s not a good day, it’s a great day for the history of Illinois basketball,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said.
Dosunmu was the only player to sign with Illinois, which has two scholarships remaining. Underwood said he expects to bring in a big man and a shooter.
Still on the board
The class of 2018 is one of the weakest in the state’s history. But there are several players virtually guaranteed to sign with Division I schools eventually, including Simeon’s Xavier Pinson and Zion Young, Larkin’s Jalen Shaw, Conant’s Ryan Davis and Orr’s Raekwon Drake.
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Corliss senior center George Conditt ( top) signed his letter of intent to play for Iowa State on Wednesday. Morgan Park point guard Ayo Dosunmu was the only player to sign with Illinois. WORSOM ROBINSON/ FOR THE SUN- TIMES