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  • Local basketball stars gather for IBCA clinic
    Guest speakers included Millikin coaches Lori Kerans and Mark Scherer, Augustana's Grey Giovanine, Lincoln's Neil Alexander, Eastern Illinois' Jay Spoonhour, Illinois' Geoff Alexander, and former Illini Stephen Bardo. Click the video above to hear from ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    15 hours ago
  • Former Illini star Garris holding camp in Decatur
    DECATUR — Former University of Illinois and NBA basketball player Kiwane Garris will be hosting a preseason basketball camp for boys and girls ages K-12 beginning Saturday, Sept. 30 at Skywalker International Sports Complex, 400 E. Eldorado St. The camp ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    17 hours ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Brad Underwood’s recruiting pitch to Colin Castleton
    So, Illinois basketball fans, we all know that the Illini are in the running for talented big man Colin Castleton. Castleton cut his list down to just two  ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    21 hours ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Brad Underwood’s recruiting pitch to Colin…
    But, the smoke has cleared and only the Illini and Wolverines are left vying for Castleton’s commitment.The big question now remains; how will the Illini get this kid to ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    23 hours ago
  • Illini men’s basketball burning questions: Day 6
    Illini men's basketball burning questions: Day 6. Sun, 09/24/2017 - 7:00am ... Which Illini freshman will make the biggest impact? Odds are all five of  ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    23 hours ago
  • Illini men’s basketball burning questions: Day 6
    Which Illini freshman will make the biggest impact? Odds are all five of Illinois' youngest players will see the court this season. Big men Greg Eboigbodin and Matic Vesel because they'll provide depth and the trio of guards — Trent Frazier, Mark Smith ...
    Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Illini’s Dorsey makes the right call
    Illini's Dorsey makes the right call. CHAMPAIGN — If it weren't for Lovie Smith, Louis Dorsey might be preparing for the start of the college basketball  ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball Player Preview: Te’Jon Lucas
    How He Fits in Underwood's System: The Illini are very deep at the point guard position, and, due to this, I expect Underwood to run a system with  ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini men’s basketball burning questions: Day 5
    Guard Joshua Braun (2) is one of the leading scorers returning this season for Grand Canyon. What nonconference game might be surprisingly  ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Castleton has UI as a finalist
    Illini send offer to Lituanian big man Lukas Kisunas CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is in the final stages of recruitment for a pair of big men targets in the Class of 2018. Both Colin Castleton and George Conditt could have their college decisions made by the end of next month. read more ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017By digital.media
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Illini one step closer to landing Colin Castleton
    Illinois basketball fans had a reason to get excited last night. The Illini are now in the top two for a top 100 recruit. Colin Castleton took to Twitter to  ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Fighting Illini Golden Classic Logo Basketball Display Case with Mirror Back
    The Illinois Fighting Illini Golden Classic basketball display case comes with a black acrylic base, gold colored risers and mirrored back. It is made of  ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini men’s basketball burning questions: Day 5
    What nonconference game might be surprisingly competitive? Illinois' trip to Las Vegas could be interesting given UNLV has experienced a serious talent infusion in Marvin Menzies' second season as coach, but the one to look out for is the nonconference ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Illini one step closer to landing Colin Castleton
    Illinois basketball fans had a reason to get excited last night. The Illini are now in the top two for a top 100 recruit. Colin Castleton took to Twitter to announce that he has cut his list down to just two programs. Those two teams are Michigan and Illinois. ...
    Published on Saturday, September 23, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Another 2018 big man gets Illini offer
    Latest target is Lithuanian native  CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is in the final stages of recruitment for a pair of big men targets in the Class of 2018. Both Colin Castleton and George Conditt could have made their college decision by the end of next month. read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017By srichey
    3 days ago
  • Illini men’s basketball burning questions: Day 4
    Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr (1), shown here during the McDonald's All- American boys high school basketball game earlier this year in  ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Illini men’s basketball burning questions: Day 4
    Which nonconference game should fans circle on their calendar? read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017By digital.media
    3 days ago
  • Rival Views: The biggest priorities in 2018 recruiting
    Prior staffs have done their best but still, most have missed their mark. In 2018, the demand for Ayo Dosunmu and Talen Horton-Tucker to become members of the Illini basketball program remains strong. Dosunmu, a five-star guard, is set to visit the Big Ten ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Sit back and let Landers Nolley make his decision
    Landers Nolley cut his list from eight teams to just four yesterday afternoon and kept the Illini alive. Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, UConn and Florida State were all cut from his top eight leaving Georgia, Georgia State, Virginia Tech and Illinois ...
    Published on Friday, September 22, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Landers Nolley includes Illinois in final four schools
    The 2018 SF/SG has become a priority target for Underwood’s staff Landers Nolley included Illinois basketball in his final four schools Thursday night in a tweet. FINAL FOUR @DJalllday with the edit pic.twitter.com/8X2sy83Heo— DOUBLE UN0 (@thatbooych3z) September 22, 2017 The Illini have been very proactive in trying to lure the former Curie (IL) High School star to Champaign. Nolley had an official visit to the University earlier this month and Illinois head coach Brad Underwood and his staff visited him at his Georgia house last week. Nolley, who stands at 6-foot-4, can play the two or three and would be a perfect fit for Underwood’ run-and-gun offense. Nolley is expected to announce his commitment on Oct. 7. He originally planned the announcement for Oct. 31, but he moved the date up Monday. The Champaign Room talked to Nolley earlier this week. You can read his comments about possibly playing with fellow 2018 priority target Ayo Dosunmu and how he thinks he could fit in Underwood’s system here. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017By Stephen Cohn
    3 days ago
  • Illini men’s basketball question: Day 3
    Kipper Nichols should see his role increase from last season. A full offseason has Te'Jon Lucas not only healthy but also stronger and coming off a  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball Player Preview: Matic Vesel
    Get to know the Slovenian big man. Player Preview: Matic Vesel Matic Vesel is a 6-foot-10 stretch-four from Slovenia. He played last year for the Helios Suns, a professional team from his home country. Vesel also participated in the U-18 FIBA games last summer as a member of the U-20 Slovenian national team. The fifth member of Illinois’s 2017 recruiting class also holds the title for the coolest name in the Big Ten. Something I learned today that you should know. New #illini freshman forward Matic Vesel's name is pronounced: mah-TEETS vuh-SEAL— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) August 25, 2017 What He Did Last Year: Vesel notched averages of 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds during the European Championships and a high of 14 points and 13 rebounds in his last game against Turkey. Here are some of his highlights for the Helios Suns from last year: How Does He Fit Into Underwood’s System: If this video is any indicator, Vesel should blend into Underwood’s system beautifully. He utilizes his size and athleticism to master the boards. However, much like fellow freshman Greg Eboigbodin, he is going to be a project for strength coach Adam ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017By tkissack20
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: 3 lineup questions entering 2017-18 season
    He was sensational last season when he finally had a chance to play for the Illini. As soon as he stepped on the floor you could make an argument he  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illini basketball ready for a big recruiting month in October
    Landers Nolley has quickly become one of the most interesting targets for the Illini and somebody who I think we have a very good shot at landing  ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Most important Illini basketball players for 2017-18 season
    Illini Inquirer counts down the most important players for the Illinois basketball 2017-18 season. No. 10 is a high-ceiling Illinois legacy. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illini basketball ready for a big recruiting month in October
    Recruiting season is in full swing, and with October quickly approaching, it’s time for a recruiting update. Here are my updates and thoughts on the recruiting effort for Brad Underwood and his squad. Landers Nolley has quickly become one of the most ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Finke, Illini prepare for up-tempo style
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • Although just 21 years old, by today’s definition Michael Finke is an old man of the Illini basketball kingdom. ...
    Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017By By Mark Tupper Decatur Herald & Review
    4 days ago
  • Fighting Illini Basketball Mini Plans On Sale Now
    Excitement is building for the new era of Fighting Illini Men's Basketball under Head Coach Brad Underwood . Underwood arrives at Illinois from  ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Finke, Illini prepare for up-tempo style
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • Although just 21 years old, by today's definition Michael Finke is an old man of the Illini basketball kingdom. Only he and teammate  ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illini’s Finke adapting well to fast-paced style
    CHAMPAIGN — Although just 21 years old, by today’s definition Michael Finke is an old man of the University of Illinois basketball kingdom. Only he and teammate Leron Black can say they’re beginning their fourth year with the program. Both are ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball 2017-18 Conference Opponent Previews
    What can the Illini expect from their conference foes this season? Illinois’ 2017-18 conference basketball schedule is set. What can the Illini expect from each team when they play them this season? ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017By Stephen Cohn
    5 days ago
  • Finke off and running with Underwood
    CHAMPAIGN – Although just 21 years old, by today’s definition Michael Finke is an old man of the Illini basketball kingdom. Only he and teammate Leron Black can say they’re beginning their fourth year with the program. Both are redshirt juniors and ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Illini make top 7 for Ayo Dosunmu
    Well, last night, the Illinois basketball team received some more good news. Ayo Dosunmu decided to cut his list one more time. Dosunmu originally  ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illini offer 2019 prospect
    Guard D.J. Carton draws interest of Brad Underwood CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is in the midst of a crucial part of the 2018 recruiting cycle with official visits happening and decisions perhaps being made before November's early signing period opens. But that doesn't mean the Illini aren't making moves for 2019. They made another late Monday with an offer to four-star Bettendorf, Iowa, guard D.J. Carton. read more ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017By digital.media
    5 days ago
  • Which 2018 recruit commits first?
    The Illinois basketball season officially starts Sept. 29. Each day leading up to it, beat writer SCOTT RICHEY answers a question about Brad Underwood's first Illini team: read more ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017By digital.media
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball Conference Opponent Preview: Rutgers
    In what was a decisive game for Illinois’ NCAA Tournament hopes last year, the game came down to one possession. Simply put, the Illini choked. Some of you might remember this scene. DAGGER blow to the Illini's at large chances. Deshawn Freeman's ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Finke, Illini Prepare For Up-tempo Style
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • Although just 21 years old, by today’s definition Michael Finke is an old man of the Illini basketball kingdom. ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Illini make top 7 for Ayo Dosunmu
    Well, last night, the Illinois basketball team received some more good news. Ayo Dosunmu decided to cut his list one more time. Dosunmu originally cut his list to 11 programs back on August 9. This list included Creighton, Kansas, Memphis, New Mexico ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Season Preview: Da’Monte Williams
    First Domino in Illini 2018 class?Jeremy Werner and Derek Piper discuss the first domino to fall for the Illini basketball C ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    5 days ago
  • First Domino in Illini 2018 class?
    Jeremy Werner and Derek Piper discuss the first domino to fall for the Illini basketball Class of 2018. ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois offers 2019 point guard
    Iowa native is top 40 prospect CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is in the midst of a crucial part of the 2018 recruiting cycle with official visits happening and decisions perhaps being made before November’s early signing period opens. But that doesn’t mean the Illini aren’t making moves for 2019. They made another late Monday with an offer to four-star Bettendorf, Iowa, guard D.J. Carton. read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017By srichey
    6 days ago
  • Bettendorf’s Carton proves naysayers wrong; nabs offer from Illini
    Two weeks ago I talked to another Illinois basketball recruit, Ayo Dosunmu from Morgan Park High School in Chicago and came away very impressed with him as well. It has been years since a high school student with that kind of basketball talent and ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Starting lineup with the projected class of 2018
    This class of 2017 is going to be the foundation for future Illini success. With all the speculation about who will end up signing for the class of 2018, it is  ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Illini get official visit from Ayo Dosunmu
    The moment many Illinois basketball fans had been waiting for has arrived. Ayo Dousnmu has announced his date for his official visit to Champaign. ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Landers Nolley decision date move good news for Illini?
    There are a few big-time recruits the Illinois basketball team needs to land for the class of 2018. Landers Nolley is one of those players. Today  ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Mr. Basketball commits to Illinois
    Edwardsville (Ill.) 4-star combo guard Mark Smith has committed to Brad Underwood and the Fighting Illini. Illinois was the 247Sports crystal ball favorite to land the reigning Mr. Basketball from the state of Illinois. Smith is officially the first commit ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini basketball questions
    The Illinois basketball season officially starts Sept. 29. Each day leading up to it, beat writer SCOTT RICHEY answers a question about Brad  ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini basketball questions
    The Illinois basketball season officially starts Sept. 29. Each day leading up to it, beat writer SCOTT RICHEY answers a question about Brad Underwood's first Illini team: The Illinois basketball season officially starts Sept. 29. Each day leading up to it, beat writer SCOTT RICHEY answers a question about Brad Underwood's first Illini team: Who starts the Nov. 10 season opener against Southern? read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017By digital.media
    6 days ago
  • 52 Days to B1G Basketball: Minnesota Basketball Seeing Improved Ticket Sales for 2017-18
    How Much Will The Loss of Malcolm Hill Impact The Illini? The Illini are losing quite a bit this offseason. Will The Loss Of Peter Jok Prevent Iowa From Returning To The NCAAs? How could Iowa’s departures impact the team this season? ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • …date move good news for Illini?
    Today, Stephen Rodgers of Basketball Society and D1Vision announced that Nolley has decided to move his commitment date up. He was originally scheduled to announce his commitment on October 31 but now ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Illini get official visit from Ayo Dosunmu
    The moment many Illinois basketball fans had been waiting for has arrived. Ayo Dousnmu has announced his date for his official visit to Champaign. Dosunmu’s original official visit list included USC and Wake Forest. He already went on his visit to USC ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • How Much Will The Loss of Malcolm Hill Impact The Illini?
    The Illini are losing quite a bit this offseason. The 2016-’17 season was a hard one to define for Illinois basketball. Brad Underwood notched 20 wins in his first season as the Illini’s head coach. Illinois also made it all the way to the NIT ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Landers Nolley decision date move good news for Illini?
    There are a few big-time recruits the Illinois basketball team needs to land for the class of 2018. Landers Nolley is one of those players. Today, Stephen Rodgers of Basketball Society and D1Vision announced that Nolley has decided to move his commitment ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Da’Monte Williams expected to return to the court
    CBS' Jon Rothstein reports Illini Head Basketball Coach Brad Underwood is expected to clear Williams, pending an exam this week. Williams, a Peoria Manual graduate, tore his ACL in December 2016. ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Rothstein | Illinois PG Da’Monte Williams to receive clearance soon
    The incoming Illinois freshman point guard is expected to be fully cleared to resume basketball activity by the end of September, first-year Fighting Illini  ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Illini Avengers: comparing the Illinois basketball coaching staff to the Avengers
    As I mentioned earlier, Whitman is 100 percent the Tony Stark of Illini athletics. Even though the man is technically not part of the basketball staff, he is  ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Illinois Basketball: George Conditt and Landers Nolley first two to…
    ...the Illini to land, and Illinois is also in the top two for Nolley as well. These are two big names that would be great in the Illini lineup for 2018 and beyond.Conditt is the big man the Illini ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Rothstein | Illinois PG Da’Monte Williams to receive clearance soon
    The incoming Illinois freshman point guard is expected to be fully cleared to resume basketball activity by the end of September, first-year Fighting Illini coach Brad Underwood said. Williams’ timeline remains on schedule, with Underwood telling FanRag ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Basketball: George Conditt and Landers Nolley first two to sign?
    That number will change, though, and it could be from two recent visitors. Speculation has been rampant about who will commit to Brad Underwood and the Illini first for 2018. Many names have been dropped but the hot players right now are George Conditt and ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Avengers: comparing the Illinois basketball coaching staff to the Avengers
    This weekend, I was flipping through channels and came across one of my favorite movies: “Captain America: Civil War”. After watching the rest of the movie, I quickly came to the conclusion that Josh Whitman is to Illinois as Tony Stark is to the Avengers. ...
    Published on Monday, September 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Special delivery for Illini basketball
    Mark Alstork is ready to play basketball for the Illini this upcoming season as he takes it easy in a team room at Ubben Basketball Complex in Urbana  ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Special delivery for Illini basketball
    Alstork putting in the work — and not just on his game — to make an impact CHAMPAIGN — Mark Alstork toned down his workout program when he arrived at Illinois in late August for the start of the 2017-18 school year (and basketball season). It gave the Wright State graduate transfer guard time to ease into his new surroundings. Get the lay of the land. Settle in. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • Chicago big man on his way to C-U
    Class of 2018 prospect George Conditt from Corliss starts his official visit at Illinois today. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks it down:  The fit read more ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Class of 2018 could turn out to be pretty special
    I want Talent Horton-Tucker to wear Orange and Blue next season as well. I think he would be a great 6 or 7 man on this Illini team getting 15-20 minutes per game his freshman season. Landers Nolley is another big-time recruit that could play the No. 3 ...
    Published on Friday, September 15, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Basketball Player Preview: Trent Frazier
    This has already made him into a favorite among Illini fans, similar to former Illinois great Dee Brown. How he fits in Underwood’s system: Frazier has all the athleticism and playmaking ability to be the starting point guard in Underwood’s system ...
    Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • N.C. Central releases 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule
    The highlights of the schedule include a first-ever trip to Champaign, Illinois for a showdown with the Fighting Illini on Nov. 24, and a home-and-home series with Southeast Missouri. The Eagles will visit the Bears on Nov. 26, then host Southeast Missouri ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Marshall Men’s Basketball Releases 2017-18 Non-Conference Slate
    Following the homestand, the Herd will go on the road to take on the Morehead State Eagles on Nov. 16 and Illinois Fighting Illini on Nov. 19. Marshall will then return home for another two-game homestand beginning on Nov. 22 to welcome the N.C. Central ...
    Published on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Illinois Basketball: Illini nail in-home visit with Ayo Dosunmu
    The saga to land the top in-state recruit for 2018 continued yesterday for the Illinois basketball team. They had an in-home visit with Ayo Dosunmu. ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • 2017-18 Illinois Basketball Player Previews
    A new season of Illinois basketball is right around the corner. With new head coach Brad Underwood and a boatload of freshman in the mix, we decided to take a look at what we can expect from each Illini this season. ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Illinois Basketball Player Preview: Kipper Nichols
    Kipper Nichols is a 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore out of Cleveland, Ohio. After originally signing with Tulane, he joined the Illini back in late December 2015. Due to NCAA transfer rules Kipper had to sit out the spring semester of 2016 and the fall ...
    Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    2 weeks ago