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Point guard Lucas chooses Illinois

Illinois' head coach John Groce watches the game against Michigan at United Center in Chicago during the Big Ten Tournament on March 12. Groce hopes to strengthen his team through new players.

By Alex Roux

September 16, 2015

Te’Jon Lucas, a point guard in the 2016 class from Milwaukee, has committed to Illinois.The 6-foot, 155-pound Lucas committed to head coach John Groce and the Illini Wednesday over Old Dominion and USC. He becomes the first member of Groce’s 2016 recruiting class. Lucas announced his choice at the ...

University RSOs gain followers through friendship, school pride

By Maddie Galassi

August 19, 2015

The University has a reputation for being an extremely large, diverse campus, and their RSOs follow the same trend. But what distinguishes an organization from gaining a small or large following? And how do clubs maintain their presence? These RSOs weighed in:Illini PrideWith a campus full of students...

The tragedy of Tracy Abrams

The tragedy of Tracy Abrams

By Alex Roux

July 31, 2015

It just isn’t fair.It’s impossible to predict if Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams would have been a key contributor for the Illini this upcoming season. Missing the entire 2014-15 season of hoops while rehabbing an ACL tear like Abrams will lead to that kind of uncertainty.But until Tuesday...

White, Team USA impress overseas

Illinois' Chatrice White (32) goes for a contested jump shot during the match against Minnesota at the State Farm Center on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

By Masaki Sugimoto

July 19, 2015

Illinois sophomore center Chatrice White has been competing overseas for women's basketball. White is playing as a member of the U19 Women's World Championship Team, representing the United States. She was selected for the team back in May after going through trials at the Olympic Training Center ...

It's summer of uncertainty for Illini football, basketball fans

It's summer of uncertainty for Illini football, basketball fans

By Alex Roux

July 18, 2015

When you’ve been out of school since mid-May, it feels like summer is winding down by the time late July rolls around.Classes start in about a month. The first football game is a little over six weeks away, which will kick off another year of Illini sports. I’ve been trying to envision how the reve...

Malcolm Hill offered chance to represent Team USA

After being recently selected to attend USA Basketball Pan American Games Team Training Camp, Illini basketball player Malcolm Hill addresses the media at Ubben Basketball Facility in Champaign on Monday, June 29.

By Masaki Sugimoto

June 30, 2015

Junior guard Malcolm Hill has been selected to try out for Team USA, the athletic department announced Monday. Team USA will travel to Toronto in July to compete in the 2015 Pan American Games.Hill is among several players invited to the trials that include other Division-1 basketball players and prof...

Current recruiting season lacks familiar buzz

Current recruiting season lacks familiar buzz

By Alex Roux

June 28, 2015

During the first three summers of the John Groce era, recruiting was all the rage.Each year, the Illini seemed to have legitimate shots at landing future McDonald’s All-Americans, like Demetrius Jackson, Cliff Alexander and Jawun Evans. Those recruitments didn’t work out, and the ensuing let-downs,...

Dee Brown to return to Illinois

By Daily Illini Staff Report

June 24, 2015

Dee Brown is returning to Illinois.The University announced Wednesday that Brown would be named Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics."Dee will make our student-athletes and all of our teams and programs better on many fronts," Mike Thomas said in a press release. "It's a great day for ...

Former Illini coach Lou Henson hospitalized

By Daily Illini Staff Report

June 24, 2015

Former Illini Basketball coach Lou Henson was recently hospitalized in Houston.According to the Associated Press, Henson was sent to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to test his immune system on Sunday. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2003, and has had been treated at the center befo...

Groce hosts trio of recruits as current team returns to campus

Groce hosts trio of recruits as current team returns to campus

June 14, 2015

Summer on the University of Illinois campus is generally quiet, a time mostly devoid of any significant Illini hoops news.However, there were some developments this past weekend with John Groce’s program as he hosted a trio of visitors, while welcoming back some familiar faces as well.Summer school start...

Dylan Ennis commits to Oregon

Villanova's Dylan Ennis, middle, drives to the basket against Lafayette during the first half in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 19. Ennis chose Oregon over Illinois and Baylor.

By Alex Roux

May 11, 2015

Illinois fans received some bad news on Wednesday, as an Illini hoops target announced he will not finish his college career in Champaign.Dylan Ennis, a 6-foot-2 graduate transfer guard from Villanova, has committed to Oregon. He was also considering Illinois and Baylor.Illini head coach John Groce was...

Illinois basketball faces Clemson in NIT second round

March 23, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team knows it was lucky to survive its first round NIT matchup at Boston University. The Illini rallied from a 17-point deficit Wednesday behind Rayvonte Rice’s 28 points to top the Terriers by four.  John Groce’s squad realizes it can’t expect to dig itself out o...

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