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After reopening recruitment, Perry Hall forward Anthony Higgs commits to Illinois

Perry Hall graduate Anthony Higgs, a star forward on the Gators' two-time defending Class 4A state boys basketball team, has committed to play at Illinois.

The 6-foot-9 Higgs received his release from Mississippi in March after then-Rebels coach Andy Kennedy stepped down.

"After much consideration with my family and the people closest to me, I have decided to continue my career in attending the University of Illinois,” Higgs wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “It is an extreme honor to play under Coach [Brad] Underwood and the rest of the Illini family on the Big 10."

Higgs, an All-Metro first-team selection as a junior and second-team pick this past season, is a three-star prospect rated No. 385 overall in the Class of 2018 by the Composite rankings.

After his separation from Ole Miss, Higgs reportedly had cut his list to Virginia Tech, South Florida and Buffalo. But he reconsidered after the Fighting Illini offered him last week.

Led by the senior trio of Higgs, forward Laquill Hardnett and Tyler Holley, the No. 6 Gators went 21-6 overall last season and beat Bladensburg for their second straight state championship.

“He's a gym rat,” coach George Panageotou said of Higgs before the season. “He just really works very, very hard on his game, and has gotten better at really every aspect of his game.”

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