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Passion, work ethic important during Frazier’s time at Illinois

Current senior Trent Frazier surveys the  in court front of him during the game against Iowa on March 8. The Illini beat the Hawkeyes 78-76.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 20, 2020

Throughout his four years at Illinois, Trent Frazier’s passion for the basketball program has never wavered. In an era where players transfer constantly, Frazier decided to stick things out at Illinois through the good and the bad. The West Palm Beach, Florida native certainly could have left the program. H...

Highly-touted freshman Adam Miller looks to bring shooting touch to Illinois

Freshman Adam Wolf officials commits to the University of Illinois on May 3.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The prize of Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class was 4-star guard Adam Miller. The Illini offered Miller back in 2016 and had pushed hard to get him, though Miller finally committed to Illinois in November 2019 before signing his letter of intent in April. After diving into film, there's a reason th...

Hutcherson prepared for lofty expectations at Illinois after year off

Illini redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional picture for Illini Athletics on Oct. 11, 2019. Hutcherson is  expected to make an immediate impact after sitting out a year.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

Shooting the three-pointer was anything but easy for Illinois in the 2019-2020 season. As a team, they shot 30.3% from behind the arc, finishing dead last in the Big Ten and 311th in the country. Improving on shooting is a must for Illinois this season. Enter redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson. Hutcherson sat out l...

Hutcherson has rediscovered his love for the game through injuries, tribulations

Junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional image.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 12, 2020

When Austin Hutcherson steps on the court at Ubben Basketball Practice Facility, he knows he defeated the odds to get there. Constant injuries and setbacks defined Hutcherson’s high school career. Limited to just one AAU season, Hutcherson had little time to get noticed. The Freehold, New Jersey nati...

Illini look to fill void left by Feliz, Griffin

Recent graduate Andrés Feliz hoists a frame containing his jersey during Senior Night before the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on March 8. Feliz has left big shoes to fill after he graduated in the spring.

By Brandon Simberg

September 9, 2020

In the second half of the game at Iowa last season, Hawkeye’s star center Luka Garza grabbed a rebound and was moments away from starting a Hawkeye fastbreak. That was until 6-foot-2-inch Illinois guard Andrés Feliz snuck in and ripped the ball away from Garza, finishing a lay-up and giving a boost to...

Illini miss out on two major 2021 targets

Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood points toward the court during the game against Nebraska at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Feb. 24. Though the Illini have been successful on the recruiting trail, two top 2021 targets, Brandon Weston and David Jones, committed elsewhere.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 3, 2020

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood and his staff have had a very successful run on the recruiting trail. They secured one of the top 2020 classes in the Big Ten and locked in sharpshooter Luke Goode for 2021. The program endured a rough stretch, however, when two top 2021 targets, Brandon Weston and ...

Miller marches in protest, voices support for Black Lives Matter movement

Illini freshman guard Adam Miller speaks during an interview outside of Memorial Stadium after the athlete-led protest on Monday.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 3, 2020

Adam Miller showed up to the Illinois athlete-led protest on Monday evening at the last minute. The highly-anticipated Illini freshman guard was out of town earlier that day but knew how important it was for him to attend the march.  Miller has voiced his support for Black lives on his Instagram and Twitter acco...

Big Ten explores earlier football start dates

Senior Nate Hobbs returns an interception during the game against Rutgers on Nov. 2 at Memorial Stadium. The Illini won 38-10.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 3, 2020

The Big Ten seems to be more unsure than any other conference about what to do regarding a college football start date. After commissioner Kevin Warren and the league announced on Aug. 11 that the fall season would be postponed to the spring, the Big Ten is now discussing a possible late-fall or early-...

Andre Curbelo brings speed, versatility to Illini

Freshman Andre Curbelo poses for a promotional photo.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 2, 2020

Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class finished as 17th nationally and third in the Big Ten. While Adam Miller enters as the top recruit (No. 33 in the country, per 247Sports), Andre Curbelo may be the player most ready to make an impact. Let’s break down what makes the Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, native so sp...

Cockburn speaks against racial injustice in America

Cockburn speaks against racial injustice in America

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

August 31, 2020

Illini center Kofi Cockburn was the most dominant freshman in the Big Ten last year. He’s known for his glass-rattling dunks, his game-winning blocks and his intimidating stature, but on Thursday, he made the statement that he is more than an athlete.  His statement, however, didn’t need to be ...

Cockburn looks to build on strong freshman season

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn fights for position against Iowa’s Ryan Kriener during the game between the two teams at State Farm Center on March 8. The Illini won 78-76.

By Brandon Simberg

August 30, 2020

Before making his decision to return to Illinois for his sophomore year, Kofi Cockburn first had to go home. The imposing center went back to New York to weigh the decision with his mom and his brother, who played a huge role in Cockburn coming to the United States to play basketball. But Cockburn had a...

Illinois basketball fans of all generations set high expectations for upcoming season

Illini fans cheer from the sidelines at the game against Iowa on March 8. Fans have high expectations for the upcoming season.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

August 27, 2020

Cam Shaffer has been an Illini fan for as long as he can remember. After all, his grandfather taught at the University for over 20 years. His dad grew up in Urbana and also attended Illinois. Some of Shaffer’s earliest Illinois memories include the 2004-2005 national championship run and when the ...

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