Trent Pierce – a 4-star power forward for the class of 2023 – made some cuts to his list of destinations Tuesday evening. When Pierce released his top-6 list, Minnesota and Illinois were still in the running.

Included alongside the pair of B1G schools were Florida and Missouri out of the SEC and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State out of the Big 12.

Pierce is listed at 6-foot-8 and 180 lbs. out of Compass Prep High School in Chandler, Arizona. According to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Pierce is a 4-star prospect and the No. 81 player in the country regardless of position for the class of 2023. Pierce is also ranked the No. 7 player out of Arizona.

As things currently stand, Illinois is without a commitment for the class of 2023. The Illini finished 2022 with a top-10 recruiting class and landed some key pieces via the transfer portal.

Minnesota holds a 2023 commitment from Colorado forward Kadyn Betts. Ben Johnson’s 2022 recruiting class with the Gophers was ranked 55th nationally.