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  • Malcolm Hill signs contract with Philippine basketball team
    Hill’s father, also Malcolm Hill, said his 22-year-old son, who scored 1,846 points and grabbed 647 rebounds for the Fighting Illini, will be among the youngest players in the league. “This deal came about early this week,” the elder Hill said. ...
    Published on Friday, July 21, 2017
    17 hours ago
  • Tate: UNC’s argument still doesn’t add up
    The NCAA Committee on Infractions will pronounce its ruling on academic fraud at North Carolina next month. After exasperating years of retooling and reloading, the NCAA Committee on Infractions will pronounce its ruling on academic fraud at North Carolina next month. read more ...
    Published on Friday, July 21, 2017By digital.media
    21 hours ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Brad Underwood squeezed from left and right
    We’re roughly three and half months from the tip-off of the Illinois basketball season, and Illini Nation’s impatience with the state of affairs in Champaign will be on full display. New Illini men’s basketball head coach, Brad Underwood, brings a ...
    Published on Friday, July 21, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Former Bull, Illini star happy to join Big 3 in time for Sunday’s Chicago stop
    Kendall Gill is approaching his 50th birthday, but he didn't mind waiting a few extra weeks for his basketball career to resume. ADVERTISING. ...
    Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Former Bull, Illini star happy to join Big 3 in time for Sunday’s Chicago stop
    Kendall Gill is approaching his 50th birthday, but he didn't mind waiting a few extra weeks for his basketball career to resume. The former Illinois star and longtime NBA shooting guard hoped to play in the Big 3. the new 3-on-3 league featuring retired ...
    Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Illini Basketball
    ...Nebraska, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.#Illini Leron Black included in this list by CBS' @MattNorlander ... season. https://t.co/3LjbyTJF05— Illini Basketball (@IlliniMBB) July 20 ...
    Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Pointing in right direction
    Lucas eager to take reins of UI offense CHAMPAIGN — Te’Jon Lucas’ first day of full contact last season doubled as Illinois’ first day of practice in early October. The 6-foot point guard had been on campus since summer, but recovery from a pair of fractures in his right foot limited — seriously — just what he could do on the court before being cleared. read more ...
    Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017By digital.media
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Sports: New look Illini will try to push the pace
    The Illinois basketball team hired Brad Underwood after firing former head coach, John Groce. This addition to the program brings many different  ...
    Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Milwaukee Basketball Staff Update
    While a member of John Groce’s Fighting Illini staff, the squad averaged 19 victories per year and made postseason appearances three times, winning nearly 100 games (95-75). Parham arrived at Illinois after five years as an assistant at Illinois State. ...
    Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini Inquirer TV: What Illinois basketball accomplished during first July evaluation period
    Derek Piper and Jeremy Werner discuss what the Illini basketball staff accomplished during the first July evaluation period and preview the second  ...
    Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Sports: New look Illini will try to push the pace
    Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team hired Brad Underwood after firing former head coach, John Groce. This addition to the program brings many different things to the table. ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini Inquirer TV: What Illinois basketball…
    Derek Piper and Jeremy Werner discuss what the Illini basketball staff accomplished during the first July evaluation period and preview the second five-day evaluation period. ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini Inquirer TV: What Illinois basketball accomplished during first July evaluation period
    Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee joins Jeremy Werner and Lon Tay on the Tay and J Show to preview training camp and his 2017 offense. Three-star 2018 center George Conditt talks about what's new with the Illini, as well as his game on the AAU ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    3 days ago
  • The top 25 college basketball players with something to prove this…
    Robinson is one of those pound-for-pound wrecking balls. No fear.Leron Black , Illinois Fighting Illini : Brad Underwood has a full-fledged rebuild on his hands in Champaign, so Black -- the ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    3 days ago
  • The top 25 college basketball players with something to prove this season
    Robinson is one of those pound-for-pound wrecking balls. No fear. Leron Black , Illinois Fighting Illini : Brad Underwood has a full-fledged rebuild on his hands in Champaign, so Black -- the returning player with more minutes than anyone else on the ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Paul’s summer payoff
    Leads to better deal with Spurs CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Paul got the attention of the San Antonio Spurs during a mini-camp before the start of Summer League play. The Spurs even offered the former Illini guard a contract immediately after the camp. read more ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017By digital.media
    3 days ago
  • Illinois Sports: Class of 2018 guard snags Illini offer
    The Illinois basketball team has offered a multitude of players for the class of 2018. These players are selected by Brad Underwood for specific  ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Illinois basketball offers North Carolina 2018 small forward
    While they only have three scholarships currently available for 2018, the Fighting Illini have managed to draw interest from over half-dozen players. Their scholarship offers haven’t slowed down either. They continue to offer players from all over the ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Illinois Sports: Class of 2018 guard snags Illini offer
    Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team has offered a multitude of players for the class of 2018. These players are selected by Brad Underwood for specific reasons. Nate Hinton is the ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Da’Monte Williams Rehab Coming Along
    ...Manual product Da'Monte Williams injured his ACL in December, but Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood believes he has a chance to play this ...
    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Class of 2018 guard snags Illini offer
    North Carolina native experiencing rapid rise in recruiting CHAMPAIGN — Nate Hinton had his share of scholarship offers before the start of last week’s evaluation period, the first of three this month. After helping lead Team Loaded NC to the championship game of the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale, Hinton’s recruitment hit an entirely different level. read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017By srichey
    4 days ago
  • Illini Basketball: Nate Hinton
    6'6 G Nate Hinton just received an offer from Illinois 🔥💪ðŸ�¾ðŸ�€ pic.twitter.com/NFza4WNyIB— Team Loaded NC (@teamloadednc) July 18, 2017 ...
    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Jordan has lots to prove
    "I don't think Illini Nation knows exactly what I can do" CHAMPAIGN — Aaron Jordan has played in 55 games and made eight starts in two seasons at Illinois. He's hit some three-pointers. Locked down a couple opposing players on the defensive end. But it's a small footprint left on the overall landscape of Illini basketball the last two years. Jordan still feels like has more to prove. read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017By digital.media
    4 days ago
  • College Basketball odds to win 2018 Men’s Basketball Championship…
    ...MINNESOTA Golden Gophers NORTHWESTERN Wildcats ILLINOIS Fighting Illini ARKANSAS Razorbacks SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks TEXAS A&M Aggies NEVADA Wolfpack SAN DIEGO ST Aztecs UTAH Utes PROVIDENCE Friars ...
    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Michigan State basketball offers 4-star SF Talen Horton-Tucker
    They tried to land a 2017 prospect from Illinois by the name of Mark Smith who could do all of the above as well, but he chose to stay close to home with the Illini. Horton-Tucker is ranked the No. 155 recruit in the class as well as the 40th-best small fo ...
    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball Highlights vs Michigan State
    Top Illini plays from Illinois' 73-70 win over Michigan State with Illini Radio Network calls by Brian Barnhart and Deon Thomas – March 1, 2017. ...
    Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Let’s ratchet up our dialogue
    I don't know why it is, but the general public feels very, very comfortable launching into a discussion about Illini basketball or Cubs or Cardinals  ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Underwood, Illini in midst of crucial recruiting stretch
    CHAMPAIGN -- When it comes to recruiting, Illini head basketball coach Brad Underwood is calling this summer "the biggest one we'll have". The staff  ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    4 days ago
  • July 19 Illinois basketball chat
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:30pmThe first July evaluation period yielded three new Illinois recruiting targets, as the Illini coaching staff hit the American southeast (and assistant coach Orlando Antigua did a little globetrotting for the FIBA U20 Euroepan Championships). With the rest of the Big Ten — OK, mostly Indiana — turning July into a commitment frenzy, who might be the first off the board to Illinois? read more ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017By srichey
    5 days ago
  • Underwood, Illini in midst of crucial recruiting stretch
    CHAMPAIGN -- When it comes to recruiting, Illini head basketball coach Brad Underwood is calling this summer "the biggest one we'll have". The staff has been hitting the recruiting trail hard during the first July evaluation period. Click the video above ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Summary of Illini recruits in the Nike EYBL Peach Jam
    These players have a chance to be the foundation of an Illini program that is on the rise. They will, hopefully, commit to playing for Brad Underwood  ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • …Basketball: Summary of Illini recruits in the Nike EYBL Peach…
    ...chance to be the foundation of an Illini program that is on the rise. They will, hopefully, commit ... coaching staff.Here is how the Illini recruits fared in the Peach Jam.Tim FinkeThe stat line ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • These players are worth watching
    Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY highlights five of the best from the 2018 class The first July evaluation period saw some new names pop up on the Illinois recruiting board and some familiar ones show why they're among the top prospects in the country. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY highlights five of the best from the 2018 class:   Eric Ayala: 6-5, 180, Guard High school: Putnam Science Academy (Putnam, Conn.) AAU: We R 1 read more ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017By digital.media
    5 days ago
  • Field of Dreams
    Growing up in Champaign made it easy for him to root for the Illini, with the Flyin' Illini team the first one that left an impression on him, much like the 2004-05 men's basketball team that ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illini Basketball Highlights vs Ohio State 1/1/17
    Top plays from Illinois' 75-70 win over Ohio State at State Farm Center with radio calls from the Fighting Illini Sports Network – Jan. 1, 2017. ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Sports: Illini still not at home when recruiting Indiana
    The history of the Illinois basketball team recruiting the state of Indiana hasn't been too successful. There have been a few in history but nothing  ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Summary of Illini recruits in the Nike EYBL Peach Jam
    The Illinois basketball team had a handful of recruits playing in the Nike EYBL Peach Jam this past week. These players have a chance to be the foundation of an Illini program that is on the rise. They will, hopefully, commit to playing for Brad Underwood ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • PREP YEAR IN REVIEW: Large-Schools Boys Basketball Player of the Year Mark Smith of …
    But in the end – on the evening of April 26 – Smith halted the drama by choosing the Fighting Illini from a final five also including Michigan State. Duke  ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Sports: Illini still not at home when recruiting Indiana
    Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The history of the Illinois basketball team recruiting the state of Indiana hasn’t been too successful. There have been a few in history but nothing sustainable. It has ...
    Published on Monday, July 17, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Behind the Scenes: Men’s Basketball Video Shoot
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A video crew from Old Hat Creative was on campus Thursday evening, July 13, to shoot the video board open that will be shown prior to Fighting Illini men's basketball games at State Farm Center for the 2017-18 season. All 13 Illini ...
    Published on Sunday, July 16, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Class of 2018 recruits pros and cons
    This is a class that will define whether or not the Illini will be contenders in the Big Ten for the next few years. There are some extremely talented, and  ...
    Published on Sunday, July 16, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini still not at home when recruiting Indiana
    Ripe as it is with basketball prospects, the state of Indiana remains off limits for the Illini. Maybe if he applied a little pressure, Bruce Rauner might coax  ...
    Published on Sunday, July 16, 2017
    6 days ago
  • UI Year in Review: From start to finish, what a wild ride it was
    1. Malcolm Hill, basketball. Senior guard did it all for the Illini — again — ranking in the top two on the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. 2. ...
    Published on Sunday, July 16, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini still not at home when recruiting Indiana
    Ripe as it is with basketball prospects, the state of Indiana remains off limits for the Illini Ripe as it is with basketball prospects, the state of Indiana remains off limits for the Illini. Maybe if he applied a little pressure, Bruce Rauner might coax the Hoosiers to pay for that wall. No wonder the hot names on Brad Underwood's list hail from Chicago (Ayo Dosunmu) and St. Louis (Jericole Hellems). read more ...
    Published on Sunday, July 16, 2017By digital.media
    6 days ago
  • Male Athlete of the Year: Malcolm Hill, basketball
    The 6-foot-6 guard finished his senior season in the top two in nearly every statistical category for the Illini. He led the team in scoring and steals and was second in rebounding and assists. — The 6-foot-6 guard finished his senior season in the top two in nearly every statistical category for the Illini. He led the team in scoring and steals and was second in rebounding and assists. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, July 16, 2017By digital.media
    6 days ago
  • Commentary: Illini coach’s new assistant is no ‘yes’ man
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • For too deep into the 2016-17 Illini basketball season, one player was allowed to have the basketball in his hands during meaningful minutes. ...
    Published on Sunday, July 16, 2017By By Mark Tupper Decatur Herald & Review
    6 days ago
  • Illini basketball staff out in full force at Peach Jam
    WCIA -- It's one of the biggest weekends on the AAU circuit of the year, Peach Jam in Georiga. We get you caught up on what the Illinois coaching staff  ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini basketball staff out in full force at Peach Jam
    Illini basketball staff out in full force at Peach JamDerek Piper updates us on the Illini targetsCraig ChoateJul 15, 2017 06:59 PM CDTJul 15, 2017 06:59 PM ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois offers 2019 point guard
    Lecque fits profile Illini coaches targeting CHAMPAIGN — Illinois hasn't targeted many points guards in the 2019 class, but the ones the Illini coaches have fit the profile Brad Underwood seems to prefer. They're all long for lead guards. The latest, Jalen Lecque, fits the bill. Per multiple reports, the point guard originally out of the Bronx recevied an Illinois offer Saturday afternoon. read more ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017By srichey
    6 days ago
  • Illini Basketball: Brandon Paul
    Brandon Paul contract info from @BobbyMarks42 : 17-18 $815,615 (fully guaranteed). 18-19 $1,378,242 (guaranteed if not waived by 8/1/18)— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) July 15, 2017 ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    6 days ago
  • New assistant Geoff Alexander to push Underwood
    CHAMPAIGN -- For too deep into the 2016-17 Illini basketball season, one player was allowed to have the basketball in his hands during meaningful minutes. He was allowed to dribble and pass and defend. And those things he did reasonably well. But he was ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Illinois Sports: Fighting Illini offer Morgan Park big man
    The Illinois basketball team continues to recruit for the future. This involves offering scholarships to players who will improve the team. ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Brad Underwood offers scholarship to Tamell…
    Brad Underwood and the Illini coaching staff decided to extend a scholarship offer to ... extended to him as well as the Illini. ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini targets in updated 2018 Top 100: Dosunmu falls, Horton-Tucker earns fourth star
    Former Illinois basketball coach John Groce planned to just use one or two scholarships in the Class of 2018, so the Illini had a narrow focus in the class. The 2018 class has taken on much more significance under new Illini coach Brad Underwood -- due ...
    Published on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Brad Underwood offers scholarship to Tamell Pearson
    The Illinois basketball team made another move for the class of 2018 last night. Brad Underwood and the Illini coaching staff decided to extend a scholarship offer to Tamell Pearson. He is a 6-foot-10, 200-pound big man from Morgan Park High School in ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Sports: Fighting Illini offer Morgan Park big man
    Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team continues to recruit for the future. This involves offering scholarships to players who will improve the team. Brad Underwood and the Illini ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Breakout Peach Jam star gets UI offer
    Illinois now after St. Louis wing Hellems CHAMPAIGN — Jericole Hellems lit up social media this week with his play at Peach Jam for Bradley Beal Elite. Showcasing a versatile game, the 6-foot-7 wing out of Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis has been an undoubtable breakout performer at the Nike championship event. read more ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017By srichey
    1 week ago
  • Illini Basketball: Tamell Pearson
    ...FiveStar 1 day ago 2017 PGA Tour season Last post by Peoria Illini 1 day ago Illini Media Day / Fan Appreciation Event / Movie Night (Sunday, July 30th) Last post by Dan 2 days ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini offer Morgan Park big man
    Pearson another 2018 post target for Illinois staff CHAMPAIGN — Tamell Pearson played a reserve role during Morgan Park's Class 3A state title run backing up senior big man Lenell Henry. The 6-foot-10, 200-pound forward started defining his own game this spring on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Mac Irvin Fire, and turned a strong showing thus far this week at the Peach Invitational into an Illinois offer Friday afternoon. read more ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017By srichey
    1 week ago
  • Illini Basketball: Jericole Hellems
    Brad Beal 2018 SF Jericole Hellems said he started hearing from the this week. SLU is beginning to come hard. Mizzou interested.July 14, 2017 — Overtime (@overtime) July 14, 2017 ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Update on Tim Finke’s Peach Jam performance
    He is a 6-foot-6, 201-pound wing who is from the Illinois Fighting Illini's backyard of Champaign, Illinois. Scout has him rated as a four-star recruit who  ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Update on Tim Finke’s Peach Jam performance
    Finke is an extremely talented top 100 player according to every recruiting service. He is a 6-foot-6, 201-pound wing who is from the Illinois Fighting Illini’s backyard of Champaign, Illinois. Scout has him rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 83 ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • #themjs, July 14, 2017
    ...videos at our website, including an in-studio radio appearance by Illini basketball player Michael ...
    Published on Friday, July 14, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Basketball: Francis Okoro
    Top-40 2019 center Francis Okoro said he's getting to know the new staff. Plans to visit sometime & see a game at SFC.July 13, 2017 ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Can Brandon Paul carve out an NBA role with the San Antonio Spurs?
    With a guaranteed contract reportedly in hand, Paul is finally closing in on his NBA dream. Brandon Paul has been here before. In 2013 and 2014, Paul had chances to show his stuff with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League and the Chicago Bulls’ summer league team. But those chances were both sidetracked by shoulder injuries that required surgery. Paul continued to play in the D-League and abroad over the next couple year, but never quite earned an opportunity to stick at the highest level. Then the Philadelphia 76ers signed Paul to a partially guaranteed contract in 2016 after a series of standout summer league performances. Paul competed for a back-up guard position in training camp but ultimately fell short: The Sixers waived Paul near the end of the preseason to trim their roster to the maximum of 15 contracts. But there’s reason to think Paul’s latest NBA shot with the San Antonio Spurs, who agreed with him Thursday on a guaranteed contract, holds more promise. The Contract Full details have yet to be released or reported regarding Paul’s exact agreement with the Spurs. But a quick look at the Spurs’ depth chart (see below for ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017By Matt Silich
    1 week ago
  • Illini Basketball: Brandon Paul signs with Spurs
    Source: Brandon Paul, a Summer League star, is signing with the San Antonio Spurs.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 13, 2017 Sources on ESPN: Spurs, Simmons working on a deal; Spurs signing Euroleague ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois MIssouri basketball 2009
    ...Mike Tisdale looks to pass in the first half. Turnovers cost the Illini in their slow start at Scottrade Center.Illinois MIssouri basketball 2009Photographer: Jeff RobersonMissouri's Kim ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • PODCAST: Illini icon Dee Brown discusses coaching, UI departure, Final Four run
    BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei five-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown highlights from The Opening Finals. Lead basketball reporter Derek Piper breaks down five things he's watching for during the July evaluation periods on the AAU circuit. ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Who knew J.J. Watt was a fan?
    NFL star — and Wisconsin grad — tweeted about the 2004-05 Illinois team that started the season 29-0 en route to reaching the NCAA championship game that year. Illinois fans aren’t the only ones who are daydreaming about the good ol’ days of Illini basketball. NFL star J.J. Watt — a Wisconsin graduate — tweeted about the 2004-05 Illinois team that started the season 29-0 en route to reaching the NCAA championship game that year. read more ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017By jrossow
    1 week ago
  • Who knew JJ Watt was a fan?
    Illinois fans aren't the only ones who are daydreaming about the good ol' days of Illini basketball. NFL star J.J. Watt — a Wisconsin graduate  ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • REPORT: San Antonio Spurs sign former Illinois Basketball star Brandon Paul
    The 26-year-old averaged 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during Summer League. At long last, former Illinois basketball star Brandon Paul has secured a guaranteed NBA deal. Multiple media outlets reported on Thursday that the 6-foot-4 guard has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs. Official contract details have not yet been disclosed. Paul is coming off yet another successful showing in the NBA Summer League. In 7 total games with the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers, he averaged 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game on 47.12% shooting from the field. The highlight of Paul’s stint with Cleveland came on July 10, when he netted a game-high 21 points in a win over the Golden State Warriors. Paul played at Illinois from 2009-13, where he finished his career ranked eighth on the program’s all-time scoring list (1,654 points). His senior season with the Fighting Illini was particularly noteworthy as he went on to average a team-high 16.6 points per contest; he also logged a 43-point effort against Ohio State that winter. Undrafted out of college, Paul played a few seasons in Europe prior to signing a partially guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    1 week ago
  • Spurs sign Euroleague star Brandon Paul
    He averaged 12.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game in four seasons with the Fighting Illini from 2010-13. Such is the case with guard Brandon Paul, who is trying to make an National Basketball Association roster after spending the ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Paul reportedly signs with Spurs
    Former Illini moving from Euroleague to NBA Brandon Paul is getting another shot at the NBA. The former Illinois guard signed a guaranteed contract with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Paul signed a partially guaranteed contract last July with the Philadelphia 76ers, but was a training camp cut. read more ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017By srichey
    1 week ago
  • San Antonio Spurs: Potential rotation replacements for Jonathon…
    ...Simmons' minutes. He's a former player for the Illinois Fightin' Illini basketball team and split the past four years between the D-League and the Euroleague.rnrnPaul's overseas numbers were ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Brandon Paul signs with the San Antonio Spurs
    I'll be damned - we did it. Today, the San Antonio Spurs announced the signing of former University of Illinois basketball player Brandon Paul. Paul, 26, has had a consistent career since leaving the U of I, bouncing between small European clubs and ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • NABC Honors Illinois Basketball for Academic Excellence
    Illinois recorded a team GPA of 3.027 during the 2016-17 school year. The Fighting Illini were one of only three Big Ten schools to earn recognition by the NABC, joined by Purdue and Northwestern. Illinois had a school-record eight players named to the ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • WATCH: Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood discusses offseason workouts, July recruiting period
    Illinois made the final five for 4-star Texas DT Calvin Avery. Can they beat out some big-time power-five programs for OL commit Kievan Myers' teammate? Lead basketball reporter Derek Piper breaks down five things he's watching for during the July ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Who Knew J.j. Watt Was A Fan?
    Illinois fans aren’t the only ones who are daydreaming about the good ol’ days of Illini basketball. NFL star J.J. Watt — a Wisconsin graduate — tweeted about the 2004-05 Illinois team that started ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Sports: Te’Jon Lucas making big strides for Illini
    Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team continues to improve under new head coach Brad Underwood. This program needed his leadership along with returning point guard Te’Jon Lucas. ...
    Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Basketball: 1989 vs 2005, Breaking Down the Hypothetical Matchup
    In the past half-century and change, Illini basketball has produced two once-in-a-generation level teams. While three teams achieved a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the 2001 side did not reach the Final Four, like 2005 and the 1989 squads did. The ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini basketball summer update
    The Illini basketball team lost a lot of firepower last season on the hardwood court. Everyone is so excited about the change in direction that the youth  ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini basketball summer update
    The Illini basketball team lost a lot of firepower last season on the hardwood court. Everyone is so excited about the change in direction that the youth movement does not faze fans. Sources have said the player workouts instructed by a new staff and its ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Underwood set to overhaul Illini’s style
    CHAMPAIGN — When the Fighting Illini men’s basketball team takes the floor for the first time as a team in a few months, there will be a decisively different look to the program. New coach Brad Underwood, who was hired back in March to replace John ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Basketball: July Evaluation Period
    Coleman and Underwood now watching Tim Finke here at the Peach Jam.— Brad Sturdy (@Sturdy32) July 12, 2017 assistant Orlando Antigua is here at UA Finals watching @WolvesILL 2018 SG Ty Mosley ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois basketball projected lineup with class of 2018
    The class of 2017 set the groundwork for future classes to put the Illini over the top and get this program back to prominence. Illinois hasn't been to the  ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Sports: Lucas is becoming a leader for the Illini
    The Illinois basketball team is going to be fun to watch this upcoming season. With new head coach Brad Underwood at the helm, the future is bright  ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Gill hopes to see more Illini in NBA
    Kendall Gill one of two Illini in BIG3 Basketball League SAVOY — Kendall Gill joining the BIG3 Basketball League gives Ice Cube's creation just as many former Illini that are currently in the NBA. read more ...
    Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • Bill Self: ‘He thought I was crazy’
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017By Jim Vainisi
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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    Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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    Published on Monday, July 10, 2017
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    Published on Monday, July 10, 2017
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  • July 12 Illinois basketball chat
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    Published on Monday, July 10, 2017By mdaniels
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    Published on Monday, July 10, 2017
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    Published on Monday, July 10, 2017
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    Published on Sunday, July 9, 2017
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    Published on Sunday, July 9, 2017
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    Published on Sunday, July 9, 2017
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  • Illinois Sports: New Illini coaches fighting same old Chicagoland…
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    Published on Sunday, July 9, 2017
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  • Illinois Sports: New Illini coaches fighting same old Chicagoland problems
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    Published on Sunday, July 9, 2017
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  • LOREN TATE: New Illini coaches fighting the same old Chicagoland problems
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    Published on Sunday, July 9, 2017
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    During my summer sojourn of laziness, one innocent comment caught my eye. Talen Horton-Tucker, a prospective Illini basketball recruit from Simeon, matter-of-factly wrapped up otherwise positive comments about Brad Underwood's efforts by saying ...
    Published on Saturday, July 8, 2017
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  • Illinois Basketball: 3 players who will benefit most from Brad Underwood
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    Published on Saturday, July 8, 2017
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    Published on Saturday, July 8, 2017
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