Colbert talks Illini

Austin Colbert, like most people across the country, filled out an NCAA tournament bracket this week.

While the Illinois signee wouldn’t divulge how far he picked his future team to advance, the 6-foot-9-inch power forward who is originally from Chesapeake, Va., is confident John Groce’s team can make some noise in March.

Matthews shows off versatility

Gary DeCesare goes old-school when comparing Charles Matthews to another basketball player.

Well, old-school in relation to Matthews, who just finished his sophomore season at Chicago St. Rita High School.

“Penny Hardaway,” said DeCesare, Matthews’ coach at St. Rita. “Just because of the size and his versatility.”

Updated look at 2014 rankings

Jahlil Okafor is still the top player.

Cliff Alexander is still in the top 10.

JaQuan Lyle is still a five-star prospect. The same holds true for Leron Black.

Plenty of Illinois recruiting targets in the Class of 2014 still litter's Top 150 list of prospects that was updated and released last Thursday.

Names in 2015 to remember

As it stands, six scholarships are available for the Illinois men’s basketball team and head coach John Groce to dole out on the Class of 2015.

Of course, those numbers could change in the next 20 months until current high school sophomores can sign letters of intent with their respective future schools.

Weekend Wrap — Nunn, Tate help Simeon make history

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games.

The high school basketball season in Illinois has ended, with a few Illinois recruits and targets playing on the final weekend while only a few other targets for John Groce are still playing. 

Being first is meaningful to Odenigbo

Tito Odenigbo sees plenty of scarlet and gray.

Practically every Friday at Centerville (Ohio) High School, his fellow students don the colors of Ohio State.

The defensive lineman who verbally committed to Illinois on Monday said a few might throw on the maize and blue of Michigan.

Even fewer, however, sport the orange and blue Illini colors. With the exception of Odenigbo.

Odenigbo's growth impresses coach

Ron Ullery has coached football at Centerville (Ohio) High School since 1977, with the head coaching responsibilities falling on his shoulders since 2000.

During that lengthy time pacing the sidelines for the Elks, he can’t remember a player at Centerville committing to a college this early, like Class of 2014 prospect Tito Odenigbo did to Illinois on Monday night.

Academics stand out to Allegretti

It came down to three schools for Nick Allegretti.

Indiana, Illinois and Northern Illinois.

Tate: A winning proposition

“Just an old sweet song keeps Chicago on my mind”

CHICAGO — Sorry, Ray Charles, but Georgia doesn’t fit today.

The state university, engaging in multi-pronged efforts to win Frank Sinatra’s “Toddlin’ Town,” is putting the city front and center again Thursday.

Cazley: Brother's a keeper

CHAMPAIGN — Dillan Cazley and Keithan Hedrick chuckle at the memory.

Tyson chicken strips. DiGiorno pizzas. Hot pockets.

Lots of hot pockets.