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Ayo Dosunmu has committed to the University of Illinois

Ayo Dosunmu has committed to the University of Illinois

By Tommy Polycn, Illini hoops columnist

October 19, 2017


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

After edging out Wake Forest in the final round, head coach Brad Underwood and the Illini have landed four-star point guard Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu is ranked No. 30 nationally in the 247sports.com composite, and the second best guard in the country. Dosunmu is a huge deal for Illinois, and one that fans have been...

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...

Underwood’s team of ‘everyday guys’ prepare for the season

Underwood’s team of ‘everyday guys’ prepare for the season

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Head coach Brad Underwood started his press conference by addressing the ongoing widespread FBI investigation of the NCAA, saying he knows “nothing more than what you have read,” but quickly transitioned to his outlook for his young team before taking questions from the press. Underwood mentioned...

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...

Illinois basketball target George Conditt commits to Iowa State

Illinois basketball target George Conditt commits to Iowa State

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

October 2, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

On Monday afternoon, forward George Conditt officially announced that he will be attending Iowa State University over Illinois. Conditt is a three-star prospect and one of the top in-state targets for the class of 2018. This one stings for head coach Brad Underwood and his staff. Illinois was certa...

Men’s basketball returns to practice

Men’s basketball returns to practice

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

In the midst of a widespread FBI investigation of the NCAA as announced by the Department of Justice on Tuesday, early Saturday morning marked the first official day of practice for the Illinois men’s basketball team. Head coach Brad Underwood spoke to the press before the start of practice, wh...

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...

Former Underwood assistant charged with corruption

Former Underwood assistant charged with corruption

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

September 27, 2017


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

Lamont Evans, a former assistant of Illinois head basketball coach Brad Underwood, was charged in an FBI investigation for taking cash bribes in return for influencing student-athletes. The investigation found that Evans allegedly steered athletes toward certain agents and advisers. Along with Evans,...

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...

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