Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

MJ's take: Things are good

We asked beat writer MARCUS JACKSON for his take on John Groce’s latest commitment:

Illinois rewards Groce

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.

Cosby picks Illini

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.

Tate: It's anyone's guess who's best

With Rutgers the latest black eye, we are reminded that college basketball is imperfect. Not exactly a revelation, huh?

Cosby: 'I have that with Illinois'

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.

Clarifying fifth-year transfer rule

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. chasing NBA dream

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.

MJ's early Top 10: Go Sparty!

Beat writer and AP poll voter Marcus Jackson’s way-too-early Top 10 for 2013-14

Toledo's Pedon to replace Miller

A week after Brandon Miller left the Illinois program to become an assistant coach at Butler, John Groce has turned to Toledo assistant coach Ryan Pedon to replace Miller as Illinois’ special assistant to the head coach.

Groce Q&A: 'I hope it motivates them'

Nine days after his first Illinois team’s season came to an end with a gut-wrenching loss to Miami in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32, John Groce removes his blue sport coat and plops down on the oversized navy leather chair ­— complete with an orange block I logo stitched in the headrest — at his desk in his office at the Ubben Basketball Complex and contemplates his seemingly endless to-do

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