CHAMPAIGN — Three Illinois players with eligibility remaining — Mike Shaw, Devin Langford and Ibby Djimde — will not return to the program for the 2013-14 season.
The moves will free up three scholarships for Illinois.
Shaw, a sophomore from Chicago’s De La Salle, played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.6 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward scored a total of 12 points with 11 rebounds.
Shaw played in 20 games as a freshman, scoring 17 points with 37 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per game.
“When I met with the coaches, we came to the decision that it would be a good idea for me to leave because of how much I was playing and what it might be in the future,” Shaw said Friday morning by phone. “I want to play. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me, but I’ve got to do what’s best for me.”
Langford, a 6-7 redshirt freshman from Huntsville, Ala., played in 22 games this past season, totaling 10 points and 18 rebounds in 4.3 minutes per game.
Djimde, a 6-8 sophomore from Mali, who played his high school ball at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep, played in 11 games this past season and had two points and three rebounds while playing 1.7 minutes.
Djimde played in 17 games as a freshman with five points and 14 rebounds in 3.6 minutes.
It’s unclear where Shaw Langford or Djimde will transfer, but all are expected to continue playing basketball. If they continue at the Division I level, each would have to sit out a year. All would have two years of eligibility remaining.
“I’m not sure where I will end up yet, I’ve got a couple places in mind, but I’m not for sure yet,” Shaw said.