Recruiting

Recruiting

Shootout at the Hall: 8 teams & counting

Brian Easter relishes the thought of having all teams lined up to play at the 2013 Shootout at the Hall before Champaign Centennial High School starts spring break March 18.

Weekend Wrap — Several recruits, targets still playing

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from the week that was. 




UI 72, Nebraska 65: Notebook

CHAMPAIGN — Last spring, shortly after the Illinois coaching staff was hired, one of the first non-committed players it scouted was Curie 2014 big man Cliff Alexander.

With assistant coach Jamall Walker in the stands in Merrillville, Ind., the 6-foot-9, 245-pound Alexander shattered a backboard in an AAU game.

LIVE! Senior Day

Illinois 72, Nebraska 65 — Final

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Illinois used double-figure scoring from five players to hold off stubborn Nebraska 72-65.

The Huskers led 57-55 with just over 6 minutes to play. But the Illini (21-9, 8-8 Big Ten) went on a 7-0 run started by a three-pointer from D.J. Richardson to go up 62-57. They never trailed again.

Class of 2014 priorities for Beckman

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and his staff get the first chance to see what incoming recruits in the Class of 2013 can do on the field since spring practice starts Tuesday afternoon.

Hendrix's recruitment on the rise

Illinois offered a scholarship to defensive end Dewayne Hendrix two days before Thanksgiving last November.

Many others, however, have joined the party in pursuit of the Class of 2014 prospect from O’Fallon (Ill.) High School.

Finke is getting bigger

Tuesdays are big days for Michael Finke.

For obvious reasons, the Champaign Centennial (Ill.) High School big man usually has a game for the Chargers.

Like last night when he scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds during Centennial's 58-44 win against Rantoul (Ill.) High School during a Class 3A Centennial Regional semifinal game.

Lee on Illinois: 'They're in the race'

They talked about families and upbringings.

Their basketball backgrounds.  

The tradition and program philosophy at Illinois.

And how John Groce would plan to use Desmond Lee if he decides he wants to play at Illinois.

Weekend Wrap — Lyle shines in return from suspension

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from the week that was. 




Asmussen: Of Beckman, Bellamy and Big Ten

It is Tim Beckman’s job to help woo those fans back into their seats. The second-year Illinois coach doesn’t have an easy answer for 2-10.

Depth was a concern from the start. And when he lost 86 starts because of injury (30 is a typical number, Beckman said), the problems were compounded.

“We still didn’t play well,” he said.