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Coleman-Lands arrives ahead of schedule as Illini crush UIS

Coleman-Lands arrives ahead of schedule as Illini crush UIS

By Alex Roux

November 10, 2015

Illinois delivering a beatdown in its first and only exhibition game to Division-II Illinois-Springfield Sunday was expected.The Prairie Stars put pressure on the Illini at times, but didn’t have the talent to keep up for a full 40 minutes. Illinois won 104-68 in the first game at its temporary home away from...

Opening weekend for Illinois basketball comes on the heels of signing day

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn drives to the basket during the game against Darthmouth at State Farm Center, on Dec. 10, 2013. The Illini won 72-65

November 13, 2014

As if on cue, cold weather has arrived to remind us that basketball season is here. And yes, Illinois football has a very real chance of making a bowl game this season as winter approaches. But it’s Illini basketball that’s on everyone’s minds mid-November. I’d even go as far as to compare th...

Illini basketball signs four as signing period opens

November 13, 2014

By Nicholas Fortin Staff writer The Illinois men’s basketball team just got a whole lot deeper. The Illini, who will return 12 players next year, had four players sign national letters of intent to play for Illinois on Wednesday. Transfer Darius Paul joined high school seniors Jalen Coleman-Lands, Aaron ...

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

October 22, 2014

Is anyone else ready for basketball season to start? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to watch actual Illinois basketball, featuring actual Illini players. You can only do so many fantasy projections of lineups two years down the road, happily plugging in every five-star recruit on John Groce’s...

Elijah Thomas commits to Texas A&M over Illinois, others

Basketball recruit Elijah Thomas committed to Texas A&M over Illinois and other schools in a ceremony at Lancaster High School in Dallas on Tuesday.

October 22, 2014

Elijah Thomas, the No. 29 player in the Class of 2015 according to, has committed to Texas A&M over Illinois and three other schools. The 6-foot-9 forward picked the Aggies over the Illini, LSU, SMU and Oklahoma State. Thomas’ recruitment had many Illini fans hopeful that he would end ...

Jawun Evans commits to Oklahoma State over Illini, USC

October 1, 2014

Jawun Evans, the No. 36-ranked player in ESPN’s Top 100 in the Class of 2015, has committed to Oklahoma State over Illinois. The highly-sought after point guard out of Dallas has long been one of John Groce’s main targets in this year's class, but on Wednesday he became the latest Illini targe...

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...

Simeon forward D.J. Willams verbally commits to Illini basketball

November 6, 2013

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce made another splash on the recruiting trail Tuesday morning when Class of 2015 recruit D.J. Williams verbally committed to play for Illinois starting next season. Williams is a 6-foot-7 forward from Chicago who is currently a junior at Simeon Career Academy. He is li...