Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Tipoff: Top 10 highest rated Illini targets for Class of 2020

Too early to start thinking about 2020 recruiting? Never, and the Illinois coaching staff is getting looks at more of those prospects this month. 

1. Jalen Johnson, Sun Prairie (Wis.)

Conversation with The Ames Tribune's Travis Hines

It's possible Illinois and Iowa State could meet in the Maui Invitational in November — delivering at least one major storyline. The Ames Tribune's Travis Hines breaks down what should be a talented, young Cyclones team in 2018-19:

Beyond the arc: Holtmann hitting recruiting trail hard — and it's paying dividends

There’s really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter’s attention in the last week:

Buckeyes' bounty

Frazier blazes the trail for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Trent Frazier's leadership was more by action than words during the 2017-18 season. The then-freshman point guard wasn't always vocal, but the way he played — leading all Big Ten freshmen in scoring, assists, steals and three-pointers — proved what he was capable of on the court.

Frazier spends extra time in gym during offseason reinventing his game

CHAMPAIGN — Take a look at the video compilation Illinois strength and conditioning coach Adam Fletcher posted to Twitter on July 12.

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

UI athletics gets $1 million donation

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics announced another seven-figure donation Tuesday, as the Bielfeldt Foundation has committed $1 million to provide updates to the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and to help fund construction of the Football Performance Center.

Illini offer another 2019 forward

CHAMPAIGN — Jalen Graham played a bigger supporting role in Team WhyNot’s run to the Peach Jam championship game Sunday in North Augusta, S.C. His play in the pinnacle event of the Nike EYBL season also garnered him his first two scholarship offers.

Veteran Jordan guides young, new Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Eight hours per week is all that's allotted Illinois for official men's basketball workouts. Four hours on the court with the Illini coaches and four more with the strength and conditioning staff.