Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Ayo: 'Everybody is watching'

BURBANK — The Morgan Park boys' basketball team walked into the gym at St. Laurence High School about 40 minutes before tipoff of Tuesday night's Class 3A sectional semifinal between the defending state champion Mustangs and host Vikings.

Seeding is Believing, March 9, 2018

One final time a day before Selection Sunday, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY projects his top four seeds for each region in the NCAA tournament. This week? Throw out RPI for a real metric, apply a similar "quadrant" system and you'll get these top seeds.

It's Illini for Kane

CHAMPAIGN — Apparently all Illinois had to do was get Samba Kane on campus.

Exactly one week after receiving an Illini offer, the 6-foot-11, 215-pound forward announced his commitment to Illinois during his official visit.

Illinois adds 2018 big man

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois made adding to its frontcourt a priority in the 2018 class with numerous offers throughout the last 10 months. One of the most recent targets is the first to buy in.

Top of the Morning, March 9, 2018

When JOSH WHITMAN was a student at the University of Illinois in the 1990s, there wasn't a ceremony to declare a major.

"Back then, you checked a box and sent in a form," he said. "But it was a big decision."

Illini forward has much to consider

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Finke first injured his knee when he was 15 years old. An MRI during his freshman season at Illinois when he was dealing with some swelling revealed what was already known — there were loose bodies in his knee, but it wasn't hindering him in any way.

Finke will take care of his knee trouble with arthroscopic surgery on Friday.

Ayo to play in Jordan Brand Classic

Ayo Dosunmu was passed over for a chance to play in the McDonald's All-American game.

But the Illinois signee will have the opportunity to suit up for the Jordan Brand Classic set for Sunday, April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Dosunmu, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Chicago Morgan Park, is the only Illinois native among the 25 high school seniors selected for the game.

Ayo on target: 'He's my guy'

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois has two open scholarships in the 2018 class and holes to fill on its roster. Both of those could be addressed with prospects on campus this week.

Three-star big man Samba Kane arrived in Champaign on Wednesday night per Derek Piper of 247Sports. The near 7-footer from Senegal (via Colorado and now prep school in Florida) could fill the Illini's rim protector need.

What's next for Illinois basketball?

Will Mark Smith's decision to transfer mark the end of the offseason movement in regards to Illinois basketball?

Probably not, Loren Tate explains in this week's podcast 'Tatelines: Unedited.'