NORMAL — Illinois State basketball coach Dan Muller patiently waited this spring for Chicago Simeon High School standout Antonio Reeves to decide where he wanted to play.
That patience was rewarded Friday.
Reeves, a three-star recruit by Rivals, announced during a news conference at Simeon that he signed a national letter of intent with the Redbirds earlier in the week. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing guard made official recruiting visits to ISU, Southern Illinois and Buffalo in the spring.
Reeves averaged 21.7 points, six rebounds and three assists per game as a senior for Simeon, which lost in the Class 4A super-sectional to Chicago Curie.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Antonio to our program,” said Muller. “Antonio is a skilled guard that can really shoot the basketball and will have a chance to play all three positions on the perimeter as he continues to grow and advances his game.
"He has played for a couple of the best high school coaches in the country in Mike Bibby and legendary Simeon coach Rob Smith. Antonio has a special future ahead of him and is a wonderful young man that we can’t wait to get a chance to coach.”
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This was the only year for Reeves at Simeon under Smith. He played his first two years for Chicago Kenwood before his family moved to Arizona, where Reeves averaged 14 points and 4.3 rebounds in helping Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix win a state championship with Bibby, a 14-year NBA veteran, as its head coach.
The Reeves family moved back to Chicago last May.
ISU returns senior Zach Copeland and junior Matt Chastain on the wing for the 2019-2020 season along with senior Jaycee Hillsman and sophomore Dedric Boyd, who sat out last season as transfers.
Reeves became the third high school recruit to sign with the Redbirds. DJ Horne, a 6-1 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., signed in the fall. Harouna Sissoko, a 6-7 wing forward from Mali who played at Grand View Christian School, signed on Wednesday.
Muller and his staff still have two scholarships available. The Redbirds are thought to be interested in adding a veteran point guard, either a graduate transfer or from junior college.