May 31, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT
Jalen James, a 2013 guard and native of Chicago. Ill., has decommitted from Illinois, Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com is reporting.
The 6-3, 175-pound guard had been committed to the Fighting Illini for over a year, even following the firing of coach Bruce Weber, but now felt it was time to part ways.
“Jalen James will reopen his recruitment for the July evaluation period,” Illinois Wolves AAU coach Mike Mullins told CBS. “This decision was made by Jalen and his family after discussions with the new head coach John Groce. Jalen wishes the Illinois team and program well and is excited for the July period and new opportunities.”
James’ decommitment leaves Illinois with one player remaining in the Class of 2013, 6-5 guard Malcolm Hill.
Groce was hired to take over for Weber in late March, coming off of a Sweet 16 run with Ohio. The Illini finished last season with an overall record of 17-15, including 6-12 in the Big Ten.
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