Tag: illini basketball

Final Illinois Asst. Coach: Simeon's Deon Thomas?

Final Illinois Asst. Coach: Simeon's Deon Thomas?
For Illini fans, Deon Thomas could soon become much more than just nostalgia and the answer to a trivia question. Thomas, a product of Chicago Simeon is the Illinois basketball all-time leading scorer and second all-time rebounder, starring in Champaign from 1990-94. He was selected by the Dallas Mavericks 28th overall in the 1994 NBA... Read more »

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 »

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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Mike Thomas swings and misses again; Brad Stevens not coming to Illinois

So the Illini extended Brad Stevens of Butler an offer, supposedly. The University of Illinois met with Stevens and allegedly gave him an offer similar to what VCU’s Shaka Smart turned down. I guess Illinois A.D. Mike Thomas is not a very good salesman. This is the second big mid-major leader to turn down the... Read more »

Brad Stevens to Illinois? More than rumors at this point?

Brad Stevens to Illinois? More than rumors at this point?
After swinging and missing on Shaka Smart, the University of Illinois has gone full throttle after Butler head coach Brad Stevens. Multiple sources confirm that there has been contact between Stevens and the University. There is confirmed interest on Illinois’ part, but no confirmed interest on Stevens’ part- yet. So everyone settle down! I’m talking... Read more »

Illini Brandon Paul and Meyers Leonard seeking NBA Feedback

Illini Brandon Paul and Meyers Leonard seeking NBA Feedback
The 2011-12 Illinois Fighting Illini alpha dog (Brandon Paul) and second banana (Meyers Leonard)  have submitted their names to the NBA’s undergraduate advisory committee to receive feedback on their draft stock. Therefore, they will have the chance to receive feedback from NBA scouts on their game, but still retain the ability to return to school... Read more »
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Bruce Weber sees St. Louis Cardinals as inspiration for postseason hope

Bruce Weber sees St. Louis Cardinals as inspiration for postseason hope
The St. Louis Cardinals are huge in Champaign-Urbana. They compete with primarily the Chicago Cubs, but also the White Sox to be the favorite MLB team in the community dominated by the University of Illinois campus. The Cards do come first though, and perhaps Illini coach Bruce Weber knew that when he made his appeal... Read more »

Embattled ex-Illini Jereme Richmond gets basketball gig in Sauk Valley

Embattled ex-Illini Jereme Richmond gets basketball gig in Sauk Valley
The only McDonald’s All-American to be recruited by Bruce Weber, and the 2010 state of Illinois Mr. Basketball Jereme Richmond has finally found a place to play basketball again, in the Premier League. No, not that Premier League, the world’s finest soccer association in England. The ex-Illini forward will play for the Sauk Valley Predators... Read more »

Current State of Illini Hoops Summarized in a Photo

Current State of Illini Hoops Summarized in a Photo
What can be said of the 2011-12 Illinois Fighting Illini? I’ve already talked about how the coach, Bruce Weber, is 99% gone at the end of the season,  I’ve highlighted how the current college basketball collapse closely mirrors the college football cave-in during the exact same academic year. I’ve even mentioned how the current team... Read more »
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Illini Basketball & Football: Remarkably Similar Season Story Arcs

Illini Basketball & Football: Remarkably Similar Season Story Arcs
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” For Illini fans in 2011-12, both were true. In both revenue producing sports. On the college football gridiron, Illinois started 6-0, on the strength of some ugly wins: (Northwestern, Western Michigan), and ascended to #16 in the nation. They lost as favorites to... Read more »