Illinois Rumors & News

  • Ex-Illinois player who pleaded guilty in domestic violence case finds new school

    CBS Sports "Former Illinois standout Kendrick Nunn has accepted an offer to enroll at Oakland and play his final season of college basketball at the Horizon League school, Nunn's father, Melvin Nunn, told CBS Sports on Wednesday. Nunn averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds for Illinois last season. But the..." June 23

  • Illinois' Abrams granted medical hardship waiver

    SI "Illinois guard Tracy Abrams has been granted a medical hardship waiver and sixth year of eligibility, the program announced Thursday. Abrams has missed the last two seasons, 2014-15 with a knee injury and 2015-16 with a torn Achilles. A team captain, he averaged 10.3 points per game in 2013-14..." June 10

  • Illinois dismisses Kendrick Nunn from basketball team

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois dismissed guard Kendrick Nunn from the basketball team on Tuesday following his guilty plea last week to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a domestic violence arrest. “We have not reached this decision easily,” athletic director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “We care..." May 24

  • Illinois' Jaylon Tate has domestic-battery charge dropped

    Chicago Tribune "Prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor domestic-battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate on Thursday after the state attorney's office decided it did not have enough evidence to convict him. Tate was arrested March 12 on suspicion of hitting a woman and pleaded not guilty. He..." May 20

  • Illinois reinstates Jaylon Tate after domestic battery case dropped

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois reinstated guard Jaylon Tate to the basketball team Friday, one day after prosecutors dropped a domestic-battery charge against him. No decision has been reached on guard Kendrick Nunn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery earlier this week in Champaign, stemming from an arrest in..." May 20

  • Illini forward Mike Thorne granted sixth season

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois forward Mike Thorne Jr., earned a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA when his medical hardship waiver was granted by the NCAA on Wednesday. Thorne, who transferred to Illinois from Charlotte, played in only eight games last season, his first with the Illini. He averaged 12.9..." May 19

  • Illinois suspends Leron Black 6 games after pleading guilty to assault

    The Score "Illinois forward Leron Black has been suspended for the first six games of the 2016-17 regular season, the team announced in a release. " May 06

  • 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