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Pickett requests release from Illini

Illinois' 2017 recruiting class, first put together by John Groce and now one that Brad Underwood will coach, took another hit Saturday morning with Javon Pickett asking for a release from his National Letter of Intent three days after Jeremiah Tilmon did the same.

Tate: Arrival of new basketball coaches has put the fight back in Braggin’ Rights

Josh Whitman recognized the risk when he dismissed John Groce.

It has come to pass that when basketball coaches move, it signals free agency for athletes committed to the school. That’s not usually a major concern because poor recruiting tends to accompany poor performance. This case is different. Groce had a top-10 class signed up to attend Illinois.

Frazier, Smith earn national honor

Trent Frazier racked up plenty of awards in guiding Wellington (Fla.) High School to the FHSAA Class 9A state semifinals this season. The future Illinois guard added another Thursday when he was named a MaxPreps All-American honorable mention selection.

One-time Illini target Bragg leaving Kansas

Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr. is leaving the Jayhawks after two seasons, Kansas coach Bill Self announced Thursday. Bragg averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Jayhawks this past season and will sit one year to play two after transferring.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 4-5-17

PODCAST: Sports Talk 4-5-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Marcus Jackson talk Illini men's basketball as they break down the Jeremiah Tilmon situation. Also, they talk with Illini SADAD Howard Milton and with The News-Gazette's Scott Richey.

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Antigua officially joins Underwood at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Brad Underwood has more recruiting business to take care of after Wednesday’s news of 2017 five-star center Jeremiah Tilmon asking for his release, but the new Illinois coach eased pressure elsewhere by officially announcing most of his coaching staff.

UPDATE: Groce to Akron official

Former Illinois coach John Groce didn't have to wait too long for his next head coaching job, with multiple reports confirming a six-year deal at Akron on Wednesday morning after he was fired at Illinois on March 11. Akron officially announced Groce's hire Wednesday afternoon.

Tilmon requests release from Illinois

Scott Richey is chatting at 12:30 p.m. Take part here

Jamall Walker talks Tilmon Wednesday at 5:10 on WDWS.

Tate: Ugly game fitting amid ugly context

If Monday’s big basketball showdown had been conducted before Christmas, we’d be saying:

“Those are two good teams, and they’ll settle in as the season progresses. But they won’t get very far if they keep playing like that.”

PODCAST: SportsTalk 04-04-17

PODCAST: SportsTalk 04-04-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk.  They talk with Doug Buschon and Dave Loane.

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