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Grand Canyon lands most prized basketball recruit in school history

Posted at 11:09 AM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 13:11:21-05

Grand Canyon's men's basketball team just took a major step toward becoming the top-25 program that coach Dan Majerle believes it can become.

On Thursday, GCU announced it has received a commitment from shooting guard Tim Finke, a four-star recruit whom ESPN has rated as the No. 2 high school player in Illinois. Finke is rated by multiple recruiting outlets as a national top-150 high-school player for the 2018 class.

Finke had offers to play at over a dozen other schools, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Butler, Boston College and Illinois -- the latter of which his brother Michael currently plays for. GCU will play at Illinois on Dec. 30.

"He's a terrific kid. He's got a great family. He can really shoot the ball. He's athletic and strong. He's got a great body and he'll only get stronger once we get him in the weight room. And he's a high-level shooter, which is what we need. I'm excited. He's a great get for us," Majerle told

GCU is entering its first season of tournament eligibility at the NCAA Division I level following a four-year probationary period. Most experts have picked the Lopes to win the 2017-18 Western Athletic Conference championship.