Two Public League stars headed to UIC
CHICAGO -- University of Illinois-Chicago coach Howard Moore is building Chicago's team.
Moore, who received his first Public League commitment a little over a week ago, got two more Sunday when Curie senior guard Greg Travis and Simeon senior forward Ahman Fells committed to the Flames.
Travis, a 6-0 point guard, and Fells, a 6-5 wing, made their official visits to UIC over the weekend. Travis also considered Bradley, Missouri State, Sam Houston State and Utah State. Fells was also recruited by Chicago State, Eastern Kentucky and Loyola.
Both players chose UIC because it was close to home, they felt like the coaching staff was family and they saw upside in the program.
"I just know, for me, I like how the team is moving," said Travis, who also credited UIC assistant coach Donnie Kirksey for his recruiting. "Coach Moore is moving forward. He's building a better program. I would like to be a part of it and now I am."
Fells thinks Moore, a former Public League player and coach, and Kirksey, a former city coach, help him and others feel comfortable at UIC.
"They can relate to us," Fells said. "Coming from the Public League, they know how we play. It's a great family environment."
With UIC loading up on Public League players -- it already has four on this season's roster -- Travis expects the Flames to take on a fierce style of play in the future.
"Coming from Chicago and the Public League, you got that tenacity," Travis said. "You're hard-nosed and tough."
UIC now has four commitments in its Class of 2011 recruiting class. Morgan Park senior 6-4 guard Jerome Brown committed on Oct. 1.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.