We asked beat writer MARCUS JACKSON for his take on John Groce’s latest commitment:
CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas likes what he sees with the Illinois men's basketball program.
So much so that the Illinois athletic director announced Saturday a one-year extension and a $200,000 raise for coach John Groce that increases his compensation to $1.6 million.
CHAMPAIGN — When he decided to transfer away from Seton Hall last month, guard Aaron Cosby said he was looking for familiarity with the coaching staff and a style of play that best suited his game. He found both of those on his visit to Illinois this weekend, giving John Groce and his staff a verbal commitment late Friday night.
With Rutgers the latest black eye, we are reminded that college basketball is imperfect. Not exactly a revelation, huh?
CHAMPAIGN — When Aaron Cosby decided he’d be best suited to finish his college career somewhere other than Seton Hall, the 6-foot-3 guard said he heard from “anywhere from 13 to 20 schools.”
Cosby quickly narrowed his choices to two schools — Illinois and Missouri — and is making the first of his two official visits this weekend with John Groce’s program.
INDIANAPOLIS — Butler has hired Brandon Miller as an assistant coach.
He replaces Matthew Graves, who has taken the head coaching job at South Alabama.
Kansas State has rewarded basketball coach Bruce Weber for winning a share of the school’s first conference championship in 36 years with a raise and a one-year contract extension.
Mike Shaw transferred to Bradley.
The future college homes of Devin Langford and Ibby Djimde are still undetermined at this point.
But one item is clear.
None of the three men’s basketball players that announced they were transferring from Illinois less than two weeks ago will likely ever suit up for the Illini again.
Commonsense, you might say?
D.J. Richardson’s dream has been to play in the NBA.
Today, the former Illini will take the first step toward realizing that goal while participating in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams — and alongside 63 other college seniors — at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Beat writer and AP poll voter Marcus Jackson’s way-too-early Top 10 for 2013-14