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Simpson decision re-opens old wounds, but other targets remain

Illinois' head coach John Groce instructs Ahmad Starks (3) after a timeout during the game against Missouri at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec.20, 2014. The Illini won 62-59.

By Alex Roux

September 10, 2015

Maybe I should save myself some time.You see, when a high-profile Illinois basketball recruit sets a date and time to announce his college decision, I have to be prepared. I’ll write two stories in advance of the announcement — one will say the recruit picked the Illini, the other will sa...

Bragg to decide between Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky

Bragg to decide between Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky

January 8, 2015

Another one of Illinois head coach John Groce’s high-profile recruiting targets is set to make a decision. Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Cleveland in the class of 2015, is set to make his college choice between Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky on Thursday afternoon. Groce and Bragg have developed ...

Recruiting trail is labor of love for Groce, staff

Illinois head coach John Groce and his staff spend the summer chasing prized recruits during the grueling offseason.

November 11, 2014

The NCAA college basketball season runs for roughly five months, from November through March. College basketball coaches spend that time of year under a microscope and bright lights as their teams play dozens of games per season on national TV. But every year, March eventually ends, and the lights di...

Illini recruiting watch: Carlton Bragg

Illini recruiting watch: Carlton Bragg

October 16, 2014

It’s no secret Illinois head coach John Groce swings for the fences when he recruits. As the Illini continue to be in the conversation for some of the nation’s best hoops talent, they find themselves on recruits’ lists of schools alongside some of the most storied programs in the country. Kentuck...

Illini recruiting watch: Marcus LoVett

Illini recruiting watch: Marcus LoVett

October 7, 2014

Who is Marcus LoVett? In a recruiting class where the names Jalen Brunson, Jawun Evans, Elijah Thomas, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Carlton Bragg have been etched into Illini fans’ collective wish lists, the name LoVett carries less recognition. But now LoVett, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard out of Morgan Pa...

Moving on from Jawun Evans: Where John Groce goes from here

Moving on from Jawun Evans: Where John Groce goes from here

October 2, 2014

Shortly after Jawun Evans picked Oklahoma State over Illinois Wednesday, Sports Illustrated released a story on Illini head coach John Groce. The article provided some solid insight into how Groce approaches these high-stakes recruitments, and how he deals with his prized targets committing elsewhere....

Indiana guard Jalen Coleman commits to Illinois

Basketball recruit Jalen Coleman during the game against Texas State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Coleman committed to John Groce and the Illini on Tuesday. 

By Daily Illini Staff Report

September 23, 2014

John Groce, basketball head coach, plucked his most recent commit out of enemy territory Tuesday. La Lumiere prep school combo guard Jalen Coleman, 6-foot-3, committed to the Illini, becoming Illinois’ first commit from the state of Indiana since 1985. Coleman is ranked the 33rd best recruit in the...