Illinois’ breakout player last season, honorable mention All-Big Ten pick Malcolm Hill, will be one of the catalysts in 2015-16 as a junior.
After Illinois’ year-end banquet, Hill talked about the offseason and the expectations going forward:
How have the workouts gone so far?
Locally last week, Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce, along with women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant and football coach Tim Beckman, helped raise more than $50,000 in one evening to go toward Coaches vs. Cancer.
CHAMPAIGN — Quality big men are hard to find.
So when Mike Thorne Jr. announced his intention to leave Charlotte at the end of the season with one year of eligibility remaining, he knew there would be no shortage of programs calling for his services.
Not only were there a lot of calls, there were some calls from the big boys, Kentucky and Kansas among those offering.
CHAMPAIGN — One of the big questions revolving around the Illinois basketball program entering the 2015-16 season was “Who was going to be the post presence at both ends of the floor with Nnanna Egwu graduated?”
CHAMPAIGN — Rayvonte Rice’s favorite NBA player has been and remains Kobe Bryant.
“He’s my inspiration,” Rice said. “I watch his documentaries and how hard he works and that’s what motivates me.”
The goal right now for Rice is to make an NBA roster and at some point have the opportunity to guard Bryant, who’s in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career.
What did our longtime college football writer think about the Illinois performance in the spring game? Who made a move up the depth chart and which position needs the most work? How did the Big Ten coaches come across in their spring football press conference? Any and all topics are in play.
NEW YORK — In conjunction with the Jordan Brand All-American game that will be played Friday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (7 p.m., ESPN2), the 24 participants have been treated to some experiences in the Big Apple in addition to the basketball drills they’ve done daily.
We are left to wonder:
Why are University of Illinois men’s spring sports having such success while the school’s teams in the “money sports,” football and basketball, struggle?
It’s a big weekend for the Illinois basketball program. Friday begins the official visit of Mike Thorne Jr., the 6-foot-11, 270-pound Charlotte transfer.
CHAMPAIGN — When Austin Colbert was absent from the Illinois basketball banquet on Monday, the writing was on the wall that it was likely Colbert had played his last game in an Illini uniform.