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Arizona target Parker Braun offered by Illinois

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Another major-conference joins the pursuit for the Kansas forward

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The Arizona Wildcats’ last known 2018 recruiting target is Parker Braun, an unranked forward from Overland Park, Kansas.

Their competition for him just got stiffer.

The Illinois Fighting Illini have offered Braun, according to Ryan Evan of IllinoisScoops.com.

Braun now holds offers from them, Arizona, Ole Miss, LSU, and Virginia Tech, per 247Sports. Braun visited LSU last weekend.

The good news is Braun is probably better than his non-existent ranking suggests, seeing that several major-conference schools are pursuing him. But obviously the bad news is that means it will be more difficult for Arizona to land him.

As we outlined Friday, the Wildcats need to add some frontcourt depth after losing out on five-star Jordan Brown, who committed to Nevada.

While the 6-foot-9 Braun isn’t as talented as Brown, he could still function as UA’s fourth or fifth big man in 2018-19.

Braun is also a guy the UA coaching staff can develop over four years. He describes his game as “defensively-centered” which would mesh well with head coach Sean Miller and company.

Braun has also flashed potential as a stretch 4, shooting 43 percent from 3 as a senior at Blue Valley Northwest High School.

Here are his highlights:

Arizona still has two scholarships remaining. Its 2018 recruiting class ranks 21st in the country.