Asmussen's Take: Top 10 Illini athletes to watch

Asmussen's Take: Top 10 Illini athletes to watch

Just a week into the new year, longtime N-G sportswriter Bob Asmussen gives you 10 Illinois athletes to watch in 2018.


1. Isaiah Martinez, Wrestling: Two-time NCAA champion looking to finish with third title in Cleveland.

2. Jordyn Poulter, Volleyball: Setter helped lead the team to a Sweet 16 berth in Chris Tamas' first year at Illinois.

3. Ayo Dosunmu, Men's basketball: Chicago Morgan Park guard made Brad Underwood's year when he said "yes" to Illini.

4. Dylan Meyer, Men's golf: All-American/Big Ten Player of the Year looking to finish with an NCAA team title.

5. Aleks Vukic, Men's tennis: Australian, who went 12-0 against the Big Ten as a junior, already owns a professional title.

6. Jack Yalowitz, Baseball: All-Big Ten outfielder finished among the league best in seven offensive categories.

7. Louis Dorsey, Football: New Offensive Coordinator X has a talented building block at tight end.

8. Alex Wittinger, Women's basketball: A holdover from Matt Bollant's team, Minnesotan continues to produce at a high level.

9. Stephanie Abello, Softball: With Nicole Evans gone, catcher becomes the power bat after hitting 13 homers last season.

10. Leron Black, Men's basketball: Team would be in a world of hurt without him. The key to any run at NCAA tourney berth.