Getting to know ... Sam McLaurin

Getting to know ... Sam McLaurin

Illinois coach John Groce received a commitment from Sam McLaurin, who is coming from Coastal Carolina. Some notes courtesy Dan White:

- Started in all 31 games for the Chanticleers.

- Named to the Big South All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.

- Named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team (District 4) as selected by CoSIDA.

- Became Coastal's all-time blocked shots leader totaling 36 swats this season to bring his career total to 155.

- He is one of two players in CCU history to post over 100 blocks and 600 or more career rebounds.

- Moved into seventh place on Coastal's all-time rebounding list with 647 - Posted five double-doubles

- Finished the season as the team leader in rebounds with 7.5 per game while his 10.0 points a game ranked fourth.\

- Led the team in field goal percentage (65.2) including a 10-of-12 performance totaling a career-high 20 points against Old Dominion (3/13)

-Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in the Chanticleers 71-63 victory over LSU (11/15)

- Had 19 points, 15 boards, two assists and two blocks against VMI (12/1)


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dew8200 wrote on May 03, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Needed a big guy, got better than I expected.  Should at least help Edwu and Imdje develop for another year.  Hope he can perform well in the Big Ten!

dhendricks71 wrote on May 03, 2012 at 5:05 pm

When  is he going to eligible.  I think he have to sit out a year like all transfers unless its hardship or he has graduated.

JohnUI82 wrote on May 03, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Graduating this spring, so eligible immediately as a grad student.

Bear8287 wrote on May 03, 2012 at 7:05 pm

New Illini Men's Basketball Rule:  All graduate transfer students must be named "Sam M."

Welcome aboard Sam!

Go Illini!


JimOATSfan wrote on May 04, 2012 at 5:05 am

Excellent observation ... quite amazing really. That would make McLaurin 'Sam M2'.


GW wrote on May 04, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Welcome aboard Mr. McLaurin, wishing you nothing but the best. Its nice to see someone come on board that's not only an athlete but a student as well. I think you will find joining the Illini Nation a rewarding experience.


Go Illini!!