UI recruit Griffey goes globetrotting — in the name of hoops

You might need a GPS to track down Tyler Griffey.

France. Senegal. Mali. Los Angeles. Those are four of his stops in the last three weeks.

Illini add five more freshmen

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois coach Terri Sullivan announced five signees to her incoming freshman class Friday, bringing to 10 the number of new players for next season.

Klee's corner

Each Sunday during the offseason, beat writer Paul Klee will take you around the world of college basketball:

Richmond, Head back on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN – At this rate, perhaps Jereme Richmond and Crandall Head should go 50-50 on an apartment near the Illinois campus.

Illinois' highly regarded 2010 recruits continued their recent habit of tripping to their future school when they arrived on the UI campus for a visit Tuesday.

Luther Head reflects on Crandall

From a distance, in order to distinguish the brothers, you had to squint.

When Crandall ran, with that long, lurky, swift jaunt, you thought it was Luther. Same with the bullet pass Crandall whizzed to Luther for an open three, and the alley-oop off the backboard, from Luther to Crandall, tha nearly brought the roof down inside Ubben Basketball Complex.

UI team camp has top prospects, doesn't always guarantee recruiting success

Today's high school team camp at Illinois is the third of its kind, and the Shootout at the Hall enters its third year in December.

The introduction of these events hardly is the sole reason for Illinois' recruiting surge, though it figures to have played at least a minor role.

Dandy dozen

The top of the Illinois' recruiting wish list, according to staff writer Bob Asmussen:

To the victors ... go the recruits

In an office tucked behind the gym and the boys' locker room at East St. Louis High School, Illinois assistant coach Reggie Mitchell conducts a "class" for an attentive audience of two. Call it "Running Back 101."

East St. Louis head coach Darren Sunkett and assistant Zachary Haywood listen as Mitchell, marker in hand, shows them one of the Illinois running plays on a dry-erase board.