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Illini, others await Smith's decision

Hear Smith's decision Wednesday at 6 p.m. on WDWS.

EDWARDSVILLE — A year ago, Mark Smith created no sort of reaction from the average Illinois fan.

April 27 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

How did Mark Smith come to his college decision? What does it mean for Brad Underwood and the Illini? How is Lovie Smith's program faring? When will the number of football commits pick up? Can any area high school team win a state title this spring? Sports editor Matt Daniels is chatting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, so feel free to pepper him with questions beforehand.

UI AD: Goal can't be to 'outspend Ohio State or Michigan'

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman on Monday delivered a presentation to the university's Senate Executive Committee in which he provided an overview of the athletic department as a whole. Whitman touched on a number of topics during his 45-minute address, including budgetary concerns — Illinois generated $91.6 million in revenue for fiscal year 2016 while spending $97.8 million.

UI roundup: Spencer, Evans among those feted

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics held its Oskee Awards event Monday night, with Joe Spencer and Nicole Evans receiving Big Ten Medal of Honor recognition.

Spencer, a former Illini football center, and Evans, an Illini softball outfielder, were recognized for their excellence on and off the field as seniors.

No slowing down for UI in hoops recruiting

Edwardsville guard Mark Smith is set to announce his college decision at 6 p.m. Wednesday. But recruiting is always churning. How five of the Illini’s Class of 2018 targets fared last weekend on the Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association circuits:

Ayo Dosunmu, Mac Irvin Fire (EYBL)

6-5, Guard, Morgan Park

Smith to announce decision Wednesday

Mark Smith will be announcing his college decision at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Edwardsville High School, per multiple reports Monday afternoon. Smith, the 2017 News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year and Illinois Mr. Basketball winner, was one of the fastest rising prospects in the 2017 class this past season.

Illini offer top-30 Florida duo for Class of 2018

NEW YORK — Illinois’ busy weekend of recruiting continued Sunday, with the Illini extending offers to a pair of top-30 players in the Class of 2018. Now on Illinois’ radar is five-star forward Silvio De Sousa and four-star guard Elijah Weaver.

Two more 2018 prospects get Illini hoops offer

NEW YORK — Illinois’ busy weekend of recruiting continued Sunday, with the Illini extending offers to a pair of top 30 players in the Class of 2018. Now on Illinois’ radar is five-star forward Silvio De Sousa and four-star guard Elijah Weaver.

UPDATE: Busy recruiting day for Illinois hoops

HAMPTON, Va. — Illinois still has four open scholarships to use in rounding out its 2017-18 roster, but new coach Brad Underwood spent Saturday identifying and offering prospects in the 2018 and 2019 classes.