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Starting for John Groce's Illini ...

Meyers Leonard's NBA decision removes the centerpiece of the Illini roster. Here's Paul Klee's projected starting lineup for the season opener in November:

G - Tracy Abrams, So.

G - D.J. Richardson, Sr.

G - Brandon Paul, Sr.

G - Tyler Griffey, Sr.

F - Nnanna Egwu, So.

Next stop for Meyers Leonard: NBA

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in a modest two-bedroom home in Robinson, across the street from his favorite Chinese restaurant, Meyers Leonard had dreams of an NBA career.

He's going after that dream.

The Illinois sophomore said Monday he would forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft.

Klee's Top 10 for 2012-13

Kentucky won the national title Monday. How about next season?

Assuming the likely candidates will enter the NBA draft, basketball writer Paul Klee has an early look at the Top 10 teams for the 2012-13 season:

1. Indiana

No Sweet 16 qualifier returns more than Hoosiers, making them best bet to cut nets in Atlanta

2. Michigan

Source: Illini's Leonard to enter NBA draft

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois sophomore Meyers Leonard is headed to the NBA.

Leonard, a 7-foot-1 center, will announce his intentions to enter and stay in the NBA draft, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

Leshoure arrested

Former Illini running back Mikel Leshoure was being arraigned today on a possession of marijuana charge, according to


Walker to join Groce's staff

CHAMPAIGN - John Groce is starting to piece together his new staff at Illinois.

The first addition will be assistant coach Jamall Walker, a highly regarded recruiter that was on Groce's staff at Ohio University.

80th News-Gazette All-State team

First team

Brandon Book

Breese Central, 6-6, Senior

Arkansas State and Southern Indiana are after versatile swingman who averaged 21 points, nine rebounds for 2A champs

Travis Britt

Rantoul, 6-4, Senior

All-State Player of the Year: Jabari Parker


PEORIA — It's fast approaching midnight.

Golfers third in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Illinois fired a 6-under 282, the second-best round of the season, to cap a third-place finish at the Augusta State Invitational on Sunday.

The Illini were 8 shots behind No. 1 Texas and host Augusta State.

Illinois' Thomas Pieters (9 under) tied for sixth and Mason Jacobs (7 under) tied for ninth.

Happy 42nd Steve Bardo and Jason Verduzco!!!!

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