Category: College Basketball

Illini big man Meyers Leonard at the NBA Draft combine (video)

Illini big man Meyers Leonard at the NBA Draft combine (video)
Former Illinois Fighting Illini Center Meyers Leonard greeted the media yesterday at the 2012 NBA Draft combine. Here’s some of what he had to say about the process...

Replacing Isaac Chew at Illinois: Deon Thomas?

Replacing Isaac Chew at Illinois: Deon Thomas?
With Assistant Coach Isaac Chew departing Illinois for Marquette, just weeks after he left Mizzou to join the Illini (More on the questionable professionalism of jumping ship like that so early here), the asst. gig is now opened up again. Top candidates include, surprisingly not Simeon coach Robert Smith, but Illinois State assistant Paris Parham, Florida State assistant Dennis Gates. And Deon Thomas. Yes, for Illini fans, Deon Thomas could soon become much more than just nostalgia and the answer to a trivia question...

Illinois alums take shot at Northwestern's "Chicago's Team" slogan

Illinois alums take shot at Northwestern's "Chicago's Team" slogan
I received a mass email today from the Illinois Alumni Association. The subject heading: ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Big Ten University The message content: Illinois alumni don’t need an expensive roadside billboard to let people know we’re the best public Big Ten university in Chicago! Instead, make your case in your office space by displaying your loyalty... Read more »
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Illinois beefs up front court with Sam McLaurin transfer addition

Illinois beefs up front court with Sam McLaurin transfer addition
New University of Illinois head coach John Groce got his second recruit today. The Illini announced today Coastal Carolina’s Sam McLaurin has signed a tender of financial aid and will transfer to Illinois for his final season of eligibility upon earning his bachelor’s degree in May. Because he will be enrolled as a graduate student... Read more »

New Chief Illiniwek Logo revealed, merch for Illini Nation to Buy

New Chief Illiniwek Logo revealed, merch for Illini Nation to Buy
Chief Illiniwek was officially retired by the University of Illinois, under pressure from the NCAA in 2007. That ended a decades long tradition of the Chief dancing at halftime of college football and college basketball games. The very familiar, perfect circle Chief in a headdress logo was also retired, and if you wanted to get... Read more »

Katie Collier: a must-read inspirational story

Katie Collier: a must-read inspirational story
Too often in sports media you hear about players “overcoming adversity” or “dealing with adversity” when the challenges being described are somewhat trivial, self-inflicted minor troubles, or both. University of Washington incoming freshman Katie Collier, the #21 rated national recruit in women’s college basketball, knows actual adversity. The type of serious, genuine adversity that makes... Read more »
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Illinois' Meyers Leonard declares for NBA Draft; Illini outlook for next season dimmer

Illinois' Meyers Leonard declares for NBA Draft; Illini outlook for next season dimmer
The first season for new Illini head coach John Groce just got a lot tougher. He’ll be without his big 7 foot post presence in Center Meyers Leonard, who declared for the NBA Draft. His sounds-like-it-tested-well-with-focus-groups statement regarding the matter: “This was a very difficult decision because I love the University of Illinois. But I... Read more »

Bruce Weber gets KSU gig; Chicago product Jacob Pullen STRONGLY Disapproves

Bruce Weber gets KSU gig; Chicago product Jacob Pullen STRONGLY Disapproves
Former Kansas State star and current professional basketball player (in Italy) Jacob Pullen had some harsh words for recently fired Illini head Coach Bruce Weber, the man introduced as the new Coach at KSU this morning. Pullen tweeted: “Bruce Webber didn’t think I was good enough to play at Illinois and I don’t think he... Read more »

Illinois intro John Groce: hopeful half-truths and opposites from the presser

Illinois intro John Groce: hopeful half-truths and opposites from the presser
You’ve heard the expression “win the news conference.” Well, for the University of Illinois and the Illini basketball coaching hire of John Groce, that ship sailed weeks ago. Any time you get your sixth (possibly seventh) choice in a men’s basketball coach at a basketball school, your news conference is…well, you just hope there’s no... Read more »
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Muhammad Leads West To McDonald's All-American Game Win

Sure, the McDonald’s All-American game is an exhibition; the outcome serving as a backstory to the talent on the court. But when the West team’s 25-point lead was cut to four in the final minutes, it became imperative to earn a win. “We’re talking about the 24 best players in the country, not just 12... Read more »