Scouring the transfer market

Scouring the transfer market

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Illinois still has two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season and is in need of some frontcourt help.

The Illini might not even go the graduate transfer route, but beat writer SCOTT RICHEY highlights a few options before more might become available after June 11:

Malik Hines, UMass

Hines nearly tripled his scoring and doubled his rebounding efforts in 2017-18 for the Minutemen. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound forward averaged 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds for UMass, as his role evolved from sparingly-used big man to full-time starter. An efficient scorer, Hines shot 65.8 percent from the fielding 73 percent at the free throw line. The Jackson, Miss., native had his best game of the season in the Minutemen's regular season finale with 20 points and five rebounds in a win against Duquesne.

Malik Martin, South Florida

Martin played primarily off the bench in his first season on the court with the Bulls in 2017-18, appearing in all 32 games and making seven starts. The 6-11, 214-pound forward averaged career highs in scoring (6.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.7 rpg) and led USF shooting 58.2 percent from the field. The one-time top 150 recruit and former Southern Cal big man was recruited to USF by then coach and now Illinois assistant Orlando Antigua, although he sat out the 2016-17 season — Antigua's last in Tampa.

Tory Miller-Stewart, Colorado

Miller-Stewart started the first six games of the 2017-18 season for the Buffaloes and was putting up career high numbers before his season ended prematurely after suffering a broken foot during a late November practice. The 6-9, 246-pound forward earned his starting role this past season — where he averaged 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game before the injury — after serving as one of Colorado's top reserves the previous three seasons, including sixth man status in 2016-17.