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Tate | Roster shakeups the norm in today's college hoops

Gone! Swept away by completion of eligibility or the inhalation of greener pastures.

That's the nature of college basketball. Villanova, in celebrant mood, now anxiously awaits the decisions of Mikal Bridges and an already graduated Jalen Brunson.

The shakeup at Illinois is merely part of the roundball earthquake. The 351 rosters may see 1,000 transfers this year.

Illini basketball in line for tougher slate

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men's basketball 2017-18 schedule ranked 77th in the country per the "Toughest Schedule Report" compiled by the NCAA.

Three of the Illini's nonconference opponents from last season — Southern, Tennessee Martin and Longwood — all finished with RPIs topping 300.

The 2018-19 schedule is shaping up to be night and day different.

Liss leaving Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois forward Cameron Liss will not return for the 2018-19 season. The redshirt junior walk-on announced his decision in a Twitter note Thursday afternoon.

Recruiting not letting up for Illini

Even with five prospects lined up for the Class of 2018, Brad Underwood continues work on adding to the Illinois roster.

With three open scholarships still available to use, the Illini will host a junior college point guard this weekend on an official visit.

This is on top of commit Alan Griffin planning to be on the Illinois campus this weekend as well.

What's next for Illini hoops?

The roster reconstruction continues at Illinois — four out via transfer or turning pro and now five in with the commitment of four-star wing Tevian Jones. The Illini's 2018 recruiting class stands at five with Jones on board. Who else might join?

Asmussen | Hard not to think about Brunson's potential at Illinois

Oh, what might have been.

On Sept. 10, 2014, Jalen Brunson was deciding between two college basketball programs: Illinois and Villanova.

In front of family and friends, the superstar point guard from Lincolshire Stevenson picked Jay Wright's Wildcats.

Ex-Maroon declares for NBA draft

A former Champaign Central boys' basketball player declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday.

Jordan Caroline, who spent the past two seasons playing at Nevada, did so by writing a note and posting it to his Twitter account.

'Critical conversation' on Chief to feature two prominent guest speakers

CHAMPAIGN — Next week's "critical conversation" about the Chief Illiniwek controversy and Native American imagery will feature a former Chief portrayer and the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Next season's Way Too Early Top 10

The Wildcats had their one shining moment Monday night, but News-Gazette AP Top 25 voter SCOTT RICHEY has Bill Self's Jayhawks atop his way-too-early ballot for 2018-19: