Scott Richey

Scott Richey

These guys came to play

Illinois basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY highlights five Illini targets who stood out during the first slew of games at the Nike EYBL session:

Acton endured long journey to hone his craft

CHAMPAIGN — Drew Dickinson won’t necessarily focus all of his future closer recruiting efforts on Lemont High School. 

But it’s not an idea without merit for the Illinois pitching coach. 

Thursday's prep highlights: Nettles stars for ALAH

In girls' track and field

At Assumption. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Kenli Nettles qualified in four events at last year's state meet after a strong sectional showing. The Knights' standout junior outdid herself in Thursday's Class 1A sectional by sweeping her three races and one field event.

Who's on Illini's watch list?

Illinois basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY will be there, scoping out a slew of Illinois recruiting targets, and he breaks down five (of many) he’ll have his eye on:

Jaden Hardy, Vegas Elite

Troike to miss rest of season

CHAMPAIGN — Ben Troike spent Sunday's series finale against Indiana on the Illinois bench, the product of being hit on the hand by a pitch the day before. Illini coach Dan Hartleb announced Thursday the junior shortstop will miss the rest of the 2019 season because of that injury.

Nowlin helps Illinois women's golf secure first NCAA finals berth

EAST LANSING, Mich. —Tristyn Nowlin started her Illinois career firing a 4-under 67 in the opening round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship on Sept. 12, 2016. That mark has stood as the Illini junior's best ever score since and through nearly 30 tournaments.

Could a Hawkeye become an Illini?

CHAMPAIGN — Tomas Woldetensae's committmen to newly-crowned national champion Virginia took another option off Illinois' board when it comes to the Illini filling out their 2019-20 roster. Woldetensae's appeal was clear. The No. 9 overall junior college recruit in the country flashed lights out three-point shooting ability in his final season at Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College.

Croatian standout Vrankovic now eligible for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Tamas inherited nine freshmen when he became the Illinois volleyball coach ahead of the 2017 season. 

Higgs in transfer portal

CHAMPAIGN — Brad Underwood’s first offseason as Illinois men’s basketball coach was rather tumultuous when it came to roster turnover.

Six players left the Illini — four transferring, one turning pro and another opting to return home to Europe.

Two series left for Illini with two bids in sight

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois baseball has crafted a legitimate NCAA tournament résumé this season.

The Illini's play in the last month, including four straight Big Ten series wins to reach 31-16 overall and 10-8 in the conference, has also helped ensure all the work Dan Hartleb's team put in during the first half of the season wasn't for naught.