Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Davis out to earn respect on national stage

WESTFIELD, Ind. — R.J. Davis arrived in Atlanta in late April with something to prove. His success — and production — at Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, N.Y., during his sophomore and junior seasons had drawn the attention of Division I coaches, but he was still mostly flying under the radar.

Kouma to sign next Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The wait is over. Or at least it will be soon. Class of 2019 big man Bernard Kouma announced Thursday he would officially sign with Illinois on May 30. Since the spring signing period ended May 15, the three-star forward will sign his scholarship paperwork instead.

Former Illini to play in ESPN tournament

Former News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year Michael Finke will play for Illinois BC in this summer's The Basketball Tournament on ESPN.

A standout at Centennial High School before playing collegiately at Illinois and Grand Canyon, the 6-foot-10 Finke is pursuing a professional basketball career.

May 22 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:30pm

The end of May is always a bit of a quiet time for Illinois basketball, with the players home for a well deserved break ahead of their return in early June for the start of summer workouts. Whether any new faces will join the Illini next month is the question. Counting Bernard Kouma's yet signed for scholarship, Illinois has three available heading into the 2019-20 season.

Of Dee and Roger

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Juwan Howard has been hired at Michigan.


Juwan Howard's name popped immediately in the discussion of Michigan's replacement for now former coach John Beilein. Howard, now an assistant coach for the Miami Heat, has received plenty of support for his potential return to his alma mater.

Tate | Not all programs grade recruits on a curve

To present a reputation as a renowned research institution is not necessarily advantageous in college basketball recruiting.

Who said that?

Let's begin with the fact that the University of Illinois has tighter enrollment policies than most universities.

Several more athletes, acceptable at other Power 5 schools, have recently been turned away for academic reasons.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 19, 2019

Four years ago today, the Illini swept Big Ten baseball's top three individual awards as the Conference named its 2015 honors.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 19, 2019

We're up to 1,675 alumni tales at our 'UI at 150 Years & Beyond' website (, with fresh content added daily. Here's a new batch of 10 grads sharing memories about the people and places on campus and around Campustown that they won't soon forget.

Decision looms for Illini target Patterson

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Addison Patterson is a consensus four-star recruit. Every service — from Rivals to 247Sports — considers the Milton, Ont., native and Bella Vista Prep (Ariz.) guard that level of prospect.

He’s not outside the top 30 player rankings on any service, but ESPN values him the highest as the No. 26 overall player in the 2020 class.

At least for now.

Breaking down the men's basketball roster

The spring signing period ended on Wednesday, with Illinois officially having 10 players on scholarship right now as commit Bernard Kouma remains unsigned. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY looks at the roster breakdown at the moment for the 2019-2020 Illini, picks his starting five if the season started today and more: