Former Illini Cory Bradford, in between seasons in his international basketball career, made the trip from his home in Chicago to watch Wednesday’s game.
The UI’s career record-holder for three-pointers, who viewed the Illini’s march to the Maui Invitational title via TV, likes what he’s seen from his old team.
“Very happy with the way they’re playing,” Bradford said. “Like any other team, like any other player, you always feel the team can get better. So as long as they keep stepping up on that ladder, they’re going to do very well.”
Bradford also gives high marks to the new UI coaching staff.
“I’m very impressed with Coach Groce and his staff, what they’ve done with the guys, and they’re responding right now, which is great,” he said.
Bradford most recently played for a team in Bucaramanga, Colombia, helping the Bucaros win the Colombia Cup Federation title in mid-November.
“Enjoying every minute of it,” Bradford said of his post-Illini career.
He plans to play this winter for a team in the Middle East, with the destination still in the works.
“Most likely, it’s going to be the warmest,” Bradford said.