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Brad Underwood is just what Illinois needs to succeed

Brad Underwood is just what Illinois needs to succeed

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

October 16, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

OPINIONS COLUMN I can remember sitting on the beach in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. I was on spring break with a bunch of friends, having an awesome week away from the cold, Champaign spring. Phone service was extremely spotty so I didn’t get to check it too often, but I can vividly remember what popped up on...

That was the best loss that the Illini have had all year

That was the best loss that the Illini have had all year

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

I feel like I have written the same thing over and over again this year: Illinois fans need to persevere through the next couple years. Then the payoff will finally come. But after the South Florida and Nebraska games, I started to have a little doubt in what I was preaching. The Illini just kept...

Top recruit Landers Nolley reopens recruitment

Top recruit Landers Nolley reopens recruitment

By Tommy Polcyn, Illini Hoops Columnist

October 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Just one day after committing to the University of Georgia, top recruit Landers Nolley has reopened his recruitment. Illinois was in his final three — along with Georgia and Virginia Tech — before he ultimately decided to stay home in Georgia. But, just one day later, the four-star small forwar...

Four-star Illini basketball target commits to Michigan

Four-star Illini basketball target commits to Michigan

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

October 4, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

After making it into Colin Castleton’s final two schools, the Illini ultimately came up short in the contest for the power forward. He officially committed to Michigan Wednesday morning. This is a tough loss for the Illini, as Castleton is somebody who could have made an immediate impact down...

Illini basketball recruiting update

Illini basketball recruiting update

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

September 28, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

As September draws to an end, the Illinois basketball coaching staff is hitting its stride in preparation for commitments from their top targets. Here’s where the Illini are standing. Ayo Dosunmu   Dosunmu recently announced his official visit date with the Illini, which is set for Oct. 10. U...

Illini basketball ready for a big recruiting month in October

Illini basketball ready for a big recruiting month in October

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

September 21, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Recruiting season is in full swing, and with October quickly approaching, it’s time for a recruiting update. Here are my updates and thoughts on the recruiting effort for Brad Underwood and his squad. Landers Nolley — Fairburn, GA Landers Nolley has quickly become one of the most interestin...

Illini Avengers: comparing the Illinois basketball coaching staff to the Avengers

Illini Avengers: comparing the Illinois basketball coaching staff to the Avengers

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

September 18, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

This weekend, I was flipping through channels and came across one of my favorite movies: "Captain America: Civil War". After watching the rest of the movie, I quickly came to the conclusion that Josh Whitman is to Illinois as Tony Stark is to the Avengers. That got me thinking. If Whitman is Tony...

Underwood duo ushers in new era of Illinois basketball

Underwood duo ushers in new era of Illinois basketball

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

September 11, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

During his senior basketball season at Nacogdoches High School in Texas, Tyler Underwood never would have guessed he'd be playing basketball for his father at the University of Illinois. After some injuries and adversity, Underwood's original college plans fell through, but after making some moves and b...

2018 priority target set for Illini visit this weekend

2018 priority target set for Illini visit this weekend

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops columnist

August 31, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

With football back and classes in full swing, now is as good a time as ever for Illinois basketball recruiting visits to get underway. This weekend, head coach Brad Underwood will be hosting one of his primary targets in the class of 2018, four-star small forward Landers Nolley. The 6-foot-4-inch...

Offseason workouts, diet pay off for Illinois men’s basketball

Offseason workouts, diet pay off for Illinois men’s basketball

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops columnist

August 28, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Last Thursday, Illinois men's basketball freshman Trent Frazier posted a video to his Twitter feed. It showed the 6-foot-2-inch guard sky for a monster tomahawk dunk. Frazier acknowledged in the caption that before he got to Illinois he was not dunking that easy. Frazier was given a team award...

Breaking down the Illinois Basketball 2017 schedule

Breaking down the Illinois Basketball 2017 schedule

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

August 27, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Quad Day, Sports

As students return to campus and the start of class draws near, so does the start of a new era of Illinois basketball. After firing John Groce, the former head coach, and bringing in Brad Underwood, the Illini are ready to turn the page and return to competing with top-level programs. With that...

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

By Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist

May 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

D.J. Williams is transferring from Illinois. The Illini granted Williams a full release Monday. Head coach Brad Underwood made a statement Monday evening on Williams’ departure. “After meeting with D.J., we came to the decision that a fresh start is in his best interest,” Underwood said. ...

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