Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Decision looms for Illini target Patterson

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Addison Patterson is a consensus four-star recruit. Every service — from Rivals to 247Sports — considers the Milton, Ont., native and Bella Vista Prep (Ariz.) guard that level of prospect.

He’s not outside the top 30 player rankings on any service, but ESPN values him the highest as the No. 26 overall player in the 2020 class.

At least for now.

Thursday's prep highlights: M-S boys win sectional title

In baseball

Class 2A

Unity Regional

Breaking down the men's basketball roster

The spring signing period ended on Wednesday, with Illinois officially having 10 players on scholarship right now as commit Bernard Kouma remains unsigned. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY looks at the roster breakdown at the moment for the 2019-2020 Illini, picks his starting five if the season started today and more:

Feagles, Illini rally for NCAA regional win

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — Mike Small’s Illinois men’s golf teams have developed a reputation as closers.

Those teams, though, have been much more experienced than this year’s squad. Small tinkered with his lineup more this season than any other, and this week’s NCAA regional was just the third tournament appearance for freshman Tommy Kuhl.

Our ode to Rod Cardinal

CHAMPAIGN — Rod Cardinal worked with eight different Illinois basketball coaches during his 46 years in the athletic department, starting as an assistant athletic trainer for Harv Schmidt in July 1973. He'd ultimately become head athletic trainer in his 30-year run on that part of the Illinois basketball staff before his first retirement in 2003.

Will NCAA tournament baseball visit Champaign?

That's the question staff writer SCOTT RICHEY tries to answer before the Illini hit the road for a three-game series starting Thursday at Michigan State:

Illini target Williams eager for next shot

WESTFIELD, Ind. — The opening session of Nike EYBL action can deliver an increase in recruiting attention for players that elevate their game among some of the top prospects in the country.

Like Jaylin Williams did in Atlanta at the end of April.

Could Illinois host NCAA baseball regional?

Will NCAA tournament baseball visit Champaign? That’s the question staff writer SCOTT RICHEY tries to answer before the Illini hit the road for a three-game series starting Thursday at Michigan State:

Dunk-fest sees Illini recruit turn heads

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Consecutive dunks by Ryan Kalkbrenner brought the Mac Irvin Fire bench to its feet Saturday evening at the Pacers Athletic Center. The family members in attendance got in on the act, too. Ultimately, it all brought a smile to the 7-foot center's face.

New: Big Ten power poll

Just back from EYBL in Indianapolis, college basketball writer Scott Richey checks in with his adjusted Big Ten power poll after the news of John Beilein's departure from Michigan to the Cavaliers.

1. Michigan State

No other Big Ten team returns a first-team All-American.

2. Maryland