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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...

Groce set to host a double dose of Xavier

Illinois' men's basketball head coach John Groce addresses the media at Ubben Basketball Facility in Champaign on June 29.

By Alex Roux

August 25, 2015

Most popular athletes have cool nicknames.“Air Jordan.” “King James.” Anthony “Sizzle Chest” Rizzo is my personal favorite.So when it was announced that 2016 basketball recruits Xavier Sneed and Xavier Simpson would take official visits this upcoming weekend to the Illinois campus, the lo...

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...

Thomas “relieved” as recruitment nears end

Basketball recruit Elijah Thomas committed to Illinois on Tuesday in a ceremony at Lancaster High School in Dallas.

October 20, 2014

When Elijah Thomas announces his college decision Tuesday afternoon, it will mark the end of a wild recruiting process for the star forward out of Texas. Recruiting never ends for college coaches and programs, but for many aspiring Division I basketball players like Thomas, it’s an experience they will ...

Catching up with Elijah Thomas

Catching up with Elijah Thomas

October 9, 2014

During this roller coaster of a recruiting season, no Illini recruit has been more fun to follow than Elijah Thomas. Sure, Illinois fans received the best news of the fall so far when Jalen Coleman-Lands committed to John Groce on Sept. 23, but Coleman-Lands’ recruiting saga had a more toned-down approach than...

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....

Evans visits Oklahoma State, will decide next week

Evans visits Oklahoma State, will decide next week

September 26, 2014

Mark your calendars for next Wednesday and Thursday. The Jawun Evans commitment watch has just been upgraded to a commitment warning. The Evans recruitment is nearing an end, according to his mentor Lamont Simmons. Expect the stud point guard out of Dallas to announce his college decision  Wednes...

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...

Illini recruiting watch: Elijah Thomas and Jalen Coleman

With renovations to State Farm Center still ongoing, the Illinois men’s basketball team will host the first-ever #ILLINIALLIN event. The event will take place at the Ubben Basketball Practice Facility on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1-3:30 p.m. and will consist of an exclusive scrimmage only open to a select few Illini fans.

September 18, 2014

A busy basketball weekend on campus just got even busier. Elijah Thomas, one of the best forwards in the country in the Class of 2015, was already set to visit campus this weekend. Now Jalen Coleman, another highly-ranked prospect, is scheduled to join him. Coleman is ranked as an elite combo guard...