We asked beat writer MARCUS JACKSON for his take on John Groce’s latest commitment:
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.
Bring a blanket. And a heavy coat.
Temperatures will most likely be in the mid-30s Friday night when the Illinois football spring game kicks off at 8 (thanks BTN) in what is believed to be the first night spring game in Illinois history — and also the first one on a Friday.
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.
CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.
Take the elevator to the third floor.
Make an immediate left.
One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.
On Sunday, we’ll unveil our All-State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Before the envelope is handed out, here are five candidates, listed alphabetically, in the running for the honor.
“We recruit every day. A guy I worked for said, ‘It’s like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, you’ll look pretty shabby.’ ” — Illini coach John Groce
Groce always looks clean-shaven, from his chin to the top of his head.