Illinois Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Michigan 64, Illinois 63

    ProSportsDaily "Nik Stauskas scored 19 points and found Jordan Morgan for the go-ahead basket with eight seconds to go as the Wolverines edged the Illini in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Glenn Robinson III added 15 points and seven rebounds while Caris LeVert contributed 13..." March 15

  • Illinois 64, Indiana 54

    ProSportsDaily "Tracy Abrams scored 17 of his season-high 25 points in the second half as the Illini pulled away late to down the Hoosiers in a first-round Big Ten tournament game in Indianapolis. Rayvonte Rice chipped in with 13 points for No. 9 seed Illinois (19-13), which has won five of its last six and..." March 14

  • Illinois stuns Iowa on Jon Ekey’s last-second three

    Chicago Sun-Times "Ladies and gentlemen, Jon Ekey. Make that Jon Three-key. Actually, what Illinois fans love to call the senior forward on social media is “3key” — perfect for a guy with a well-honed stroke from beyond the arc. It’s an undeniably cool nickname for a role player who spent three years at..." March 09

  • Michigan 84, Illinois 53

    ProSportsDaily "Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the visiting Wolverines clinched their first outright Big Ten title since 1986 with a convincing win over the Fighting Illini. Caris LeVert added 15 points while Glenn Robinson III tallied 13 for Michigan (22-7, 14-3 Big Ten), which..." March 05

  • Bertrand, Ekey look back, ahead

    The News-Gazette "Tuesday night marks the final home game in the careers of fifth-year seniors Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey. Each has experienced his own ups and downs throughout the last five years in college basketball. Bertrand battled back from injury as a true freshman, a coaching change two years ago..." March 04

  • Illini shock Spartans 53-46 for third straight win

    Chicago Sun-Times "There was no good reason to see this coming. Sure, Illinois rode its first Big Ten winning streak in nearly two months into the Breslin Center. No doubt, those two straight victories, and three consecutive games holding their opponents under 50 points, were impressive. They might even have..." March 02

  • Illini’s Nnanna Egwu a tall order on defense

    Chicago Sun-Times "An epic Public League championship game, in which Curie’s Cliff Alexander got the better of Young’s Jahlil Okafor on the scoreboard and in the box score, reopened a wound for some Illinois fans. Or, at the least, it made them consider anew just what could have been had Big Cliff chosen to take..." March 01

  • Illinois 60, Nebraska 49

    ProSportsDaily "Kendrick Nunn scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring effort as the host Illini snapped the Cornhuskers’ five-game winning streak. Rayvonte Rice tallied 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Malcolm Hill also contributed 10 points for Illinois (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten), which won..." February 27

  • Illini’s postseason hopes rest with little-known CBI tourney

    Chicago Sun-Times "March Sadness. If there’s a catchphrase likely to fit our college basketball scene like a glove next month, that would have to be it. Barring a miraculous conference tournament run by one of the teams in our coverage area — as if that’s going to happen — the NCAA Tournament will go on with..." February 26

  • Illini's Nunn wins Big Ten freshman honor

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn was named the Big Ten's freshman of the week Monday. Nunn, a Simeon graduate, scored a game-high 19 points in Wednesday's victory at Minnesota. He made a career-high five 3-pointers, which was the most for any Illini player this season. Since being inserted into..." February 25

  • Illini back on track with 62-49 win over Minnesota

    Chicago Sun-Times "John Groce’s balancing act of a second season continued here on Wednesday night. For a change, after a 62-49 upset victory over Minnesota, the Illini didn’t seem one step closer to utter disaster. Are we crazy, or did this team actually look pretty capable against the Gophers? Pretty confident,..." February 20

  • Big Ten basketball is more unpredictable than ever

    USA Today "One can debate whether or not Big Ten Conference men's basketball is as good as it's ever been. But has it ever been this unpredictable? Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, in his 19th season, said Monday there is "no question" the league is better top to bottom than he's ever seen. Nebraska's win..." February 19

  • Ohio State overcomes another poor shooting performance to steal 48-39 win at Illinois

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LaQuinton Ross walked off the floor and to Ohio State bench looking to take his seat, but Thad Matta wasn’t going to let him walk by without getting in a few words. With his armed wrapped around Ross’ torso, Matta got within an inch of Ross’ face and opened the floodgates. By the time the..." February 16

  • Rice can’t do it alone as Illini fall to Nebraska 67-58

    Chicago Sun-Times "In a rocking new arena, with a fan base suddenly alive, Nebraska basketball has a good thing going these days. Forget the Cornhuskers’ overall record, which stands at 13-10 after a 67-58 victory Wednesday against struggling Illinois. They’re 11-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena — really a heck of a..." February 13

  • Balanced Big Ten doesn’t have clear torch-bearers yet

    Chicago Sun-Times "We know this is shaping up as a really good year in the Big Ten. How good? A month before the teams gather in Indianapolis for what ought to be a raucous conference tournament, we don’t know. Will the Big Ten, which had three teams ranked in the top five until early January, finish what it..." February 12

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