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The Illinois basketball team celebrates a win against Iowa Jan. 29. Brad Underwood will still have some key players for the fall.

Illinois men’s basketball: Look at 14 thoughts on 14 scholarship players

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer May 17, 2021

When the basketball world shut down in March of 2020, Brad Underwood had to have figured that would be one of his most bizarre offseasons as a head coach. The one-time transfer rule then passed the...

Chester Frazier dribbles to the basket in the game against Iowa on Feb. 1, 2009. Frazier recently agreed to return to Champaign as an assistant men's basketball coach.

Assessing assistants: Illinois undergoes coaching turnover, hires Chester Frazier

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

This offseason in college basketball was unprecedented for every team. With the one-time transfer rule in place, the portal exploded with kids from nearly every school. Illinois fell victim to that,...

The Daily Illini sports staff votes on men's player, women's player, coaches of the year

The Daily Illini sports staff votes on men’s player, women’s player, coaches of the year

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff May 10, 2021

Men's player of the year: Ayo Dosunmu (basketball) In an unanimous vote, junior Ayo Dosunmu was selected as The Daily Illini’s men’s player of the year. The Chicago native put together a historic...

Former Illinois assistant basketball coach Chin Coleman instructs players at the game against Nebraska Feb. 25. Coleman and former assistant coach Orlando Antigua have been hired by Kentucky.

Antigua, Coleman officially hired by Kentucky

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor May 6, 2021

Former Illinois men’s basketball coaches Chin Coleman and Orlando Antigua have been hired by Kentucky, both schools confirmed Thursday. Rumors of Coleman’s departure to Lexington became public earlier...

The Illinois men's basketball team waits for what may be called at their game on Jan. 19 against Penn State. Although Illinois basketball will be losing key players, they have transfers coming to the team.

Big Ten stock watch: Roster changes after one month highlights transfer portal madness

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer May 2, 2021

The month of April was one of the most bizarre offseason periods in college basketball history. With the one-time transfer rule in effect, the transfer portal is filled with talented players from all leagues,...

Freshman Adam Miller scans the court for teammates against Maryland Jan. 10 at State Farm Center. Miller announced Saturday afternoon that he is transferring to Louisiana State.

Adam Miller announces transfer to Louisiana State

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

Former Illinois freshman guard Adam Miller has announced he is transferring to Louisiana State after initially entering the transfer portal April 1. “The biggest reason I chose LSU, you know, (head...

Illinois assistant coach Orlando Antigua (left) talks to Kofi Cockburn during the game against Penn State Jan. 19 at State Farm Center. Antigua has been rumored to be leaving Champaign for Kentucky.

Column | Possibility of losing assistant coaches hints at program’s ceiling

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

It was March 14. It didn’t matter that the Big Ten had Michigan — which Illinois beat by 23 — as the Big Ten regular season champion. Illinois had just won its first Big Ten tournament title and...

Senior Da'Monte Williams plays defense during the game against Purdue Jan. 2 at State Farm Center. Williams announced Wednesday that he is returning for a fifth season.

Senior Da’Monte Williams returns for fifth season

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 28, 2021

Senior Da’Monte Williams is returning to Champaign for a fifth year, he announced Wednesday afternoon on social media, joining Trent Frazier in using the extra year of eligibility granted to all NCAA...

Senior Alfonso Plummer looks to make a lay-up against USC. He will now be joining Illinois for next year's basketball season.

Alfonso Plummer brings strong offense to Illinois next season

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

With Ayo Dosunmu entering the NBA Draft and Adam Miller entering the transfer portal, Brad Underwood knew he needed to add some scoring in the back court. He did just that this past weekend, adding Utah...

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn dunks the ball during the game against Purdue Jan. 8. Cockburn declared for the NBA Draft Sunday afternoon.

Kofi Cockburn declares for NBA Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 18, 2021

Sophomore center Kofi Cockburn announced Thursday via social media that he is declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft, joining teammates Ayo Dosunmu and Giorgi Bezhanishvili, who declared in early April. Cockburn...

Senior Trent Frazier drives towards the basket during the game against Ohio State on Saturday. Frazier announced his return to Champaign Saturday afternoon.

Day in review: Frazier announces return for fifth season, Alfonso Plummer commits to Illini

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 17, 2021

Saturday was a big day for the Illinois men's basketball team, as senior Trent Frazier announced he is taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA and returning to Champaign for...

Illini basketball head coach Brad Underwood finishes a timeout huddle with his team during the game against Purdue Jan. 2. Underwood has been using his time in the offseason to recruit players from the transfer portal.

Underwood, staff use offseason to recruit next season’s team

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

As soon as Illinois’ season came to a conclusion on March 21, Brad Underwood didn’t have time to rest. Sure, his team won’t play another game for months and a long offseason awaits, but at that...

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