Illinois Rumors & News

  • Leron Black pleads guilty to assault, remains suspended by Illinois

    The Daily Illini "Illinois basketball's Leron Black pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge, a Class A misdemeanor Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court. He was ordered to 12 months of conditional discharge, meaning he will avoid jail time. He owes $587 in fines and court fees due Oct. 18. Black..." April 22

  • Illinois' Kendrick Nunn pleads not guilty to domestic battery

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois junior guard Kendrick Nunn pleaded not guilty Friday in Champaign County Court to two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, his attorney told the Associated Press. Nunn was arrested Thursday after an incident Wednesday evening in which police allege he struck a woman at her apartment..." March 19

  • Illinois Star Kendrick Nunn Arrested, Charged With Domestic Battery

    The News-Gazette "University of Illinois basketball player Kendrick Nunn has been charged with domestic battery for allegedly striking a woman in her apartment Wednesday evening. Champaign police arrested the junior guard at 5:10 p.m. Thursday after a judge issued a warrant earlier in the day on the misdemeanor..." March 18

  • Illinois guard Jaylon Tate arrested on domestic battery charge

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois point guard Jaylon Tate is being held at the Champaign County Jail after a domestic battery arrest early Saturday morning, according to the Champaign police department. Illinois coach John Groce and athletic director Josh Whitman released a joint statement announcing Tate’s indefinite..." March 12

  • No. 13 Purdue steamrolls Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS - When No. 13 Purdue lost in January at Illinois, the first five minutes of the second half spelled doom in an 84-70 Fighting Illini victory. A 19-2 Purdue run to begin the second half of Friday's 89-58 Big Ten tournament quarterfinal victory removed any chance that the No. 12..." March 11

  • Illinois delivers shocking upset of No. 20 Iowa

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Illinois came to the Big Ten tournament with what coach John Groce calls a clean slate after finishing the regular season 13-18 overall and 5-13 in the conference. The Fighting Illini appear to have taken that clean slate approach to heart, winning their first two tournament..." March 10

  • Illinois 85, Minnesota 52

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman forward Michael Finke made a season-high five 3-pointers while scoring 17 points as Illinois rolled to an 85-52 victory over short-handed Minnesota on Wednesday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Junior guard Kendrick Nunn scored 15 points and junior..." March 09

  • Penn State 86, Illinois 79 (2OT)

    The Sports Xchange "Penn State went 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in the second overtime and defeated Illinois 86-79 on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Guard Shep Garner led the Nittany Lions (16-15, 7-11 Big Ten) with 22 points and forward Brandon Taylor added 21 points and 11..." March 06

  • Layman leads No. 14 Maryland past Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Jake Layman went out in style on Thursday night. And the senior from suburban Boston is ending his college career on a hot stretch as well. Layman made 7 of 11 shots from the field and had 18 points with seven rebounds and three assists as No. 14..." March 03

  • Peoria Manual star Da’Monte Williams commits to Illini

    Chicago Sun-Times "When the chips are down for any basketball program, there is nothing quite like some positive recruiting news to pump life back into it. Peoria Manual junior Da’Monte Williams provided it for Illinois basketball with a commitment Sunday to coach John Groce. The 6-3 combo guard is the..." February 29

  • Illinois 84, Minnesota 71

    The Sports Xchange "Illinois guard Kendrick Dunn scored 25 points, and the Fighting Illini pulled away from shorthanded Minnesota for an 84-71 win Sunday in Champagne, Ill. Guard Malcolm Hill added 22 points and seven rebounds, and guard Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 18 points for the Illini (13-16, 5-11 Big Ten),..." February 28

  • No. 18 Indiana blows past Illinois in second half

    The Sports Xchange "CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Playing on one of its jinx courts, No. 18 Indiana went into halftime trailing an Illinois team that it routed in the teams' first meeting. The Hoosiers pulled a 180 in the second half, though, turning a potential upset into their second blowout of the Fighting Illini...." February 26

  • Wisconsin 69, Illinois 60

    The Sports Xchange "Redshirt freshman Ethan Happ scored a game-high 20 points, and Wisconsin rallied to a 69-60 win over Illinois on Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Junior guard Nigel Hayes contributed 11 points during a 22-2 second-half run as the Badgers took control after a woeful first-half..." February 21

  • Illinois 82, Rutgers 66

    The Sports Xchange "Junior guard Malcolm Hill injured his hamstring during practice Monday, but that didn't stop him from delivering 22 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday to lead Illinois to an 82-66 Big Ten victory over Rutgers at the State Farm Center. Illinois led by 22 points at halftime, but Rutgers got as..." February 17

  • Northwestern 58, Illinois 56

    The Sports Xchange "Senior guard Tre Demps swished 3-pointers on four consecutive second-half possessions to rally Northwestern to a 58-56 Big Ten victory over Illinois on Saturday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Illinois led 46-42 with eight minutes to play before Demps reeled off 12 points in 2..." February 13

  • Illinois center Mike Thorne Jr. has knee injury, likely out for season

    Chicago Tribune "Another day, another injury for Illinois. The basketball team received another blow with reports that center Mike Thorne Jr. has a ligament tear in his knee and is likely out for the season. Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, injured his knee in Saturday's loss to Iowa State in the Emerald..." November 30

  • Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn will have surgery on thumb

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Illinois' injury-plagued basketball program absorbed another severe blow when it became clear junior guard Kendrick Nunn will require surgery on his thumb that will keep him out of action as the 2015-16 season begins. Nunn injured his left thumb — his shooting hand — early last week in a simple..." October 20

  • Illinois G Kendrick Nunn out with a thumb injury

    Fox Sports "The injury bug bit the Fighting Illini again this week. According to Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, junior guard Kendrick Nunn injured his thumb in practice on Tuesday. The extent of the injury is currently unknown, Illinois head coach John Groce said on Thursday at Big East Media Day in..." October 19

  • Illinois Leron Black to have surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    The News-Gazette "The injury bug continues to strike the Illinois basketball program. Coach John Groce said Thursday that sophomore forward Leron Black would undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Black is expected to miss four to six weeks. Illinois’ season opener is Nov. 13 —..." October 09

  • 2016 point guard Te'Jon Lucas commits to Illinois over Southern Cal, Old Dominion

    The Champaign Room "It took much longer than originally anticipated, but John Groce has finally recruited another lead guard to Champaign. During an announcement ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, 2016 point guard Te'Jon Lucas committed to the Fighting Illini over Southern Cal and Old Dominion; he became the first..." September 17

  • Point guard Te’Jon Lucas set to announce decision

    College Basketball Talk "One of the biggest stock risers during the month of July is set to make a decision, as point guard Te’Jon Lucas will commit on Wednesday. The native of Milwaukee will choose between his finalists of Illinois, Old Dominion and USC during a 5:30 p.m. CST press conference. The three-star Lucas..." September 16

  • Illinois Basketball dismisses Darius Paul following latest arrest

    The Champaign Room "Darius Paul has squandered his second chance with Illinois basketball. Following his latest arrest in France during the program's overseas exhibition trip, the junior forward was officially dismissed from the team on Friday night. John Groce issued the following statement: "After further..." August 24

  • Illini Forward Darius Paul Suspended Again, Sent Home From Europe

    The Champaign Room "Darius Paul was arrested in Deauville, France early Friday morning. He's been charged with vandalism, public intoxication, and resisting arrest. (via Bret Beherns) ***** Junior forward Darius Paul, younger brother of former Fighting Illini basketball star Brandon Paul, has been suspended..." August 15

  • La Salle's Khalid Lewis commits to Illinois, immediately eligible

    CBS Sports "La Salle transfer Khalid Lewis has committed to Illinois, sources told Since he's already a college graduate, Lewis will be immediately eligible to play next season. A 6-3 guard, Lewis averaged 6.0 points last season and started 18 games for La Salle." August 09

  • Illinois PG Tracy Abrams tears Achilles; will miss entire season

    CBS Sports "Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss the 2015-16 season after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon during Monday's practice, the school announced Tuesday. Abrams also missed all of last season with a torn ACL. "First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy," said Illinois coach John..." July 28

  • Illinois PG Tracy Abrams ahead of schedule, will play on foreign tour

    CBS Sports "Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL and will play on the team's foreign trip in August, John Groce told on Wednesday. "Tracy is doing great," Groce said. "He'll be ready to go for our trip. He's shooting and moving well right..." May 13

  • ODU basketball gets Illinois transfer Austin Colbert

    Hampton Roads "The remaking of Old Dominion's basketball roster continued Tuesday, as the Monarchs signed Illinois transfer Austin Colbert, a 6-foot-9 forward from Chesapeake who played high school ball in New Jersey. Colbert averaged just 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in two seasons for the Illini but was..." May 06

  • Villanova transfer Dylan Ennis lists Illinois, Baylor, and Oregon as finalists

    The Champaign Room "According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Villanova graduate transfer Dylan Ennis has narrowed his list to Illinois, Baylor, and Oregon; the news comes after an extended face-to-face meeting with John Groce back on April 9th. The former Lake Forest Academy standout averaged 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and..." April 23

  • Illini land Charlotte transfer Mike Thorne, Jr.: reports

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois has found a big man to fill avoid next season. Mike Thorne, Jr., a 6-foot-11 graduate student transfer from Charlotte, committed to Illinois, according to reports." April 19

  • Austin Colbert announces transfer from Illinois Basketball

    The Champaign Room "Illinois Basketball has announced that sophomore forward Austin Colbert will be leaving the program; he averaged 1.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game this year while playing just under 8 minutes per contest. Colbert is now the second player to transfer from Illinois this offseason, he joins junior..." April 16

  • Illinois graduate transfer guard Aaron Cosby headed to WKU

    Bowling Green Daily News "One of Western Kentucky's primary goals in the spring was to add a sharpshooting guard who could make an immediate impact. The Hilltoppers have found their man in Illinois graduate transfer Aaron Cosby. Cosby - a 6-foot-3, 200-pound shooting guard originally from Louisville - confirmed to..." April 10

  • Illinois transfer Aaron Cosby headed to Western Kentucky

    CBS Sports "Illinois guard Aaron Cosby will transfer to Western Kentucky, he told on Thursday. Cosby will be eligible immediately next season since he's already graduated. The 6-3 guard averaged 7.8 points last year for the Illini in 19 games." April 09

  • Aaron Cosby will transfer from Illinois

    The Champaign Room "Following an indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules, junior shooting guard Aaron Cosby will graduate and transfer out of Illinois this offseason. This was Cosby's second year with the program; he sat out the 2013-14 season after initially transferring from Seton Hall. Statement..." February 21

  • Illini coach Groce remains mum on suspension timeline for Rice, Cosby

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois coach John Groce remained elusive about the status of suspended guards Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby. Both players have missed the previous two games due to suspension, and Groce declined on a Friday teleconference to reveal whether either will play Saturday at Michigan..." February 09

  • Illini guards Rayvonte Rice, Aaron Cosby suspended indefinitely

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois guards Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby are suspended indefinitely from the team, coach John Groce said in a statement Saturday. The two players were both expected to possibly return from injuries in Saturday's noon game against Penn State. Groce said the players violated team rules..." February 01

  • Illinois' Aaron Cosby latest guard knocked out by injury

    Chicago Sun-Times "Less than two minutes into Sunday’s game here against Indiana, Aaron Cosby felt a hand rake across his face. The Illinois guard didn’t know it at the time, but he’d sustained a torn retina in his left eye. No wonder he shot 0-for-5 from the three-point line in the Illini’s hard-fought 80-74..." January 22

  • Illinois' Rayvonte Rice suffers serious injury in practice

    CBS Sports "Illinois star Rayvonte Rice has suffered what is believed to be a broken left wrist or left hand that is expected to require surgery and sideline him for five-to-six weeks, a source told on Tuesday morning. A formal announcement is expected soon. Surgery could come as early as..." January 06

  • Groce expects Illinois perimeter shooting to improve

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "An Illini basketball team that wobbled along last season with 20 wins and a brief stay in the National Invitation Tournament was a study in contrasts. Defensively, Illinois was often a thing of beauty, finishing 11th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency rating. At one point..." October 11

  • Hit or miss, Illinois coach John Groce continues to pursue top prospects

    SI "It’s one of those well-worn, origin-story yarns that John Groce has spun probably dozens of times. But it’s applicable to how he's building the Illinois basketball program, so we can allow it: His father, Larry, often asked him one simple question when Groce was a hyper-competitive kid. Did you..." October 01

  • Illinois basketball lands Jalen Coleman commitment

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois finally landed a big name. After being in the news lately as a recruiting bridesmaid missing out on highly touted prospects, Illini basketball coach Jon Groce got 6-foot-3 guard Jalen Coleman to walk down the aisle. "Looking forward to adding banners and accomplishing my academic..." September 23

  • Illinois basketball's long, sorry history of recruiting misses

    SB Nation "Jalen Brunson didn't need to rub it in this time around to instill the same creeping feeling of dread and irrelevance around Champaign-Urbana that now seems like an annual rite of passage. The five-star point guard sat at a table on the campus of his north suburban Chicago high school on Wednesday..." September 16

  • Tracy Abrams suffers knee injury; will miss 2014-15 season

    The Champaign Room "Illinois Basketball has received some devastating news. TCR learned late Monday night that senior Tracy Abrams suffered a torn ACL during a workout and is expected to miss the entire upcoming season. The Chicago-Mount Carmel product has been Illinois' starting Point Guard for the past three..." September 13

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • John Groce gets one-year extension on his contract at Illinois

    CBS Sports "Illinois coach John Groce had his contract officially extended through the 2018-19 season on Thursday. The new deal means Groce will now make $1.7 million per season, up $100,000 from his old deal. Illinois has gone 43-28 in Groce's two seasons in Champaign. No NCAA Tournament appearance yet,..." July 26

  • UI trustees may extend Groce's contract

    The News-Gazette "Basketball coach John Groce was rewarded with a $200,000 raise, and a $25,000 bonus, after his first Illini team made the NCAA tournament in 2013. This year's team failed to reach the tournament, with the Illini losing in the second round of the NIT. But University of Illinois trustees are..." July 09

  • Illinois’ Aaron Cosby looking to step forward after sitting out last season as a transfer

    College Basketball Talk "The 2013-14 season didn’t provide the results the Illinois Fighting Illini hoped for, with John Groce’s team landing in the Postseason NIT and finishing the year with a 20-15 record. Illinois will return all five starters from that team, led by guards Rayvonte Rice (15.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Tracy..." June 15

  • Illinois basketball suspends Darius Paul for season

    Chicago Tribune "Citing “multiple transgressions,” Illinois basketball coach John Groce suspended Darius Paul for the 2014-15 season. Paul, 20, was arrested on April 21 for underage drinking and resisting a police officer after he ran from an officer who attempted to question him as he walked through a parking..." May 14

  • Illinois point guard Nick Norton will join father Randy at UAB

    Alabama "Nearly one year ago, Randy Norton was hired to be UAB's head women's basketball coach. In a few months, his son Nick will join him in Birmingham for the next few years. Nick Norton, who spent his senior year at Bloomington Central Catholic (Ill.), verbally committed to sign with head coach..." March 26

  • Clemson 50, Illinois 49

    ProSportsDaily "Rod Hall's driving layup with nine seconds to go rallied the host Tigers past the Illini in the second round of the NIT. K.J. McDaniels had 12 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots, Landry Nnoko finished with 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds and Jordan Roper added 10 points for..." March 23

  • Illinois 66, Boston U 62

    ProSportsDaily "Rayvonte Rice scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half as the visiting Fighting Illini rallied to earn a win in the first round of the NIT. Rice shot 11-of-14 from the field and had eight rebounds while Malcolm Hill notched 10 points and eight boards for Illinois (20-14), which will visit..." March 20

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