Men's Basketball

UI recruit enjoys worry-free summer

PEORIA – There's a lot of action any given day in downtown Peoria. People rush to and from work, hail cabs and bolt across streets against the lights.

Then Jerrance Howard comes strolling down the sidewalk, cool as can be. He's flipping a pebble from one hand to the other, his smile as wide as the Illinois River.


With Illini future set, Cook enjoying summer camping trips

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Today did a big story on him.

Recruiting gurus had all kinds of nice things to say about him.

The competition couldn't keep its eyes off him.


D'Alessio: What will Penders do for encore?

So now, what was that Tom Penders was muttering about Big Ten refs last December when he stormed out of the Assembly Hall?

Little did the old Texas coach know that in less than a year he'd have to go back to the site of his nationally televised two-technical temper tantrum with his new team, the George Washington Colonials.


Future Illini through with fun, games

PEORIA – He wowed the hometown crowd with his dipsy-doo passes, signed a bunch of autographs for the little ones and had a swell time.

If only the rest of Frank Williams' summer were as fun and relaxing as Saturday's Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

The University of Illinois' most talked-about recruit reports to campus at noon today to begin life in the UI's summer bridge program.


TWA Dome lands Final Four

   ST. LOUIS  The Final Four is making its way back to St. Louis, thanks in part to Lon Kruger & Co.

   Pleased with the way things went in the first college basketball game at the TWA Dome  last December''s audition between Illinois and St. Louis  the NCAA on Thursday recommended the facility serve as Final Four host April 2-4, 2005.


UI's Kruger to troops: Rise 'n shine

If you're one of those people (me) who doesn't like coffee (witches' brew) and can't stand the sound of the alarm clock (snooze button), you can forget about walking on Lon Kruger's basketball team this fall.

These Illini are morning people.

Or they have 114 days to become ones.


Danville's Clark hits the jackpot, will start NBA career in Orlando

DANVILLE – He didn't get to put on a hat, smile for the cameras or shake hands with David Stern like the other lottery picks.

Which was just fine and dandy with Keon Clark.


UI's Hestertakes aim at long shot

It's unlikely Jerry Hester will be drafted Wednesday night, which is a shame. The kid's been practicing for his big night for who knows how long.

He knows how to act (cool). He knows how to dress (sharp). He knows whose hand to shake (the commissioner's). And he knows who to thank (Mom and Dad).


Aspiring college basketball coaches have tough choices

When the University of Illinois men's basketball team went to the Final Four in 1989, John Giannini was a graduate assistant.

Now the head coach at the University of Maine, the Chicago Fenwick graduate said the trip to Seattle was his steppingstone.


Cloud nine Mahomet-Seymour's Melton touring on fast track

MAHOMET – If Brett Melton wants to play Big Ten basketball in January 2001, a bang-up July 1998 sure would help.

Take it from someone who knows.

"Jerrance Howard told me the summer before his junior year was what made him," said Melton, a junior-to-be at Mahomet-Seymour. "That's when he really broke out. He got highly recruited after that."


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