Mike Davis picked in D-League draft
NEW YORK — Former Illinois men’s basketball player Mike Davis was selected fifth overall by the Reno (Nev.) Bighorns in the first round of the NBA Development League draft on Friday.
Former Purdue standout JaJuan Johnson was the first overall pick and was selected by the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants.
In men’s tennis:
Jesse, Childers victorious. Alex Jesse and Julian Childers won first-round matches at the Big Ten individual tournament Friday in Madison, Wis.
In doubles, Jesse and Childers won their first-round match before bowing out in the second round. In the losers’ bracket, Ross Guignon and Bruno Abdelnour won a pair of matches to make the play-back finals.
Abdelnour and Guignon — both of whom had first-round byes — and Childers take the court again today in singles.
In women’s tennis:
Falkin delivers. Junior Allison Falkin earned a straight-sets win in singles, and senior Breanne Smutko teamed with freshman Audrey O’Connor to post a doubles victory for Illinois at the Midwest Blast on Friday at Atkins Tennis Center.
“Progress was made today with each match as the day went on,” UI coach Michelle Dasso said. “I personally have to do a better job as a coach to make sure my team has a solid understanding of the basics and fundamentals in regards to positioning and shot selection because in the spring we won’t have that time to make the necessary adjustments. As a whole, our movement looked explosive, which is a huge testament to my assistant, Georgia Rose, and our strength coach, Katie Heinrichs.”
Falkin, ranked 82nd nationally, defeated Georgia Tech’s Elizabeth Kilborn 6-4, 6-2.
Smutko and O’Connor defeated Wake Forest’s Brigita Bercyte and Andrea Retolaza Andrade 8-6.
In women’s cross-country:
Hynes shows way. Senior Meagan Hynes finished second to pace the Illini at the Hoosier Invitational.
Hynes was timed in 19 minutes, 11.32 seconds in the 5-kilometer race at Bloomington, Ind. Teammate Colette Falsey was seventh in 19:23.12.
“The girls did a good job,” UI volunteer coach Elizabeth Boyle said.
“They took advantage of the competition they had on what was a very challenging course.”