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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.

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

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...

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...

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

Recruiting trail is labor of love for Groce, staff

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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. 

Indiana guard Jalen Coleman commits to Illinois

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’...

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