CHAT RECAP: 'That's a huge part of his game'

Beat writer Scott Richey chatted on Wednesday afternoon at Here's a sample of what was discussed:

How is Aaron Jordan faring during spring workouts?

CHAT RECAP: 'Could have provided some veteran leadership'

Michael Finke announced his intention to transfer from Illinois almost two months ago. The Centennial product picked Grand Canyon a month later. As Illinois continues its hunt for another post player in the 2018-19 class, a question has popped up in hindsight. Wouldn't Finke have been a veteran big man to keep around because of just how young the Illini frontcourt will be?

Spillane wins Big Ten Player of the Year

Bren Spillane's superb season continues to garner recognition.

This time, it's from the Big Ten.

The Illinois first baseman won the league's Player of the Year honor, announced on Tuesday by the conference.

The Wheeling native becomes the 10th Illini to win the honor, and third to do so in the last six years.

Illini target Ukrainian big man

CHAMPAIGN — Two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season and a need to add to its frontcourt means Illinois is still pursuing 2018 targets. The latest, per multiple reports by Elevate Hoops and 247Sports, is Ukrainian big man Dima Zdor.

May 23 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:30pm

Illinois still has those two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season. Will Parker Braun fill one of them? The Illini are in "wait and see" mode. What is for sure, though, is Illinois' 2018 recruiting class will be on campus and starting summer workouts in three weeks. How will the influx of players change the team? Which of the newcomers might end up being the most important.

Returning Illini don't want a youth problem next winter

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men's basketball team spent most of the spring in the weight room with strength and conditioning coach Adam Fletcher.

Per NCAA rules, Fletcher gets quadruple the time with the players than the coaches do on the basketball court.

Tate | NCAA rules create more confusion than solutions

Sometimes NCAA rules take your breath away.

We'll call this a case of "unintended consequences" as I engaged in my weekly search for Sunday's column material.

Following the Illinois women's tennis team's 4-3 NCAA win over Princeton in Lubbock, Texas — thereby reaching the Round of 32 for only the third time — these thoughts occurred:

Okoro a defensive fit for Ducks

CHAMPAIGN — Brian Cupples felt like he had a good idea about which way Francis Okoro’s recruitment would go in the last week.

Illini get Hoyas in Gavitt Games

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois will get an early test against a high major opponent before heading to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. A warm-up, of sorts, for a serious challenge in the early part of the season.

What's next for Underwood, Illini?

Illinois still has two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season after Normal West center Francis Okoro committed to Oregon, but could still use some frontcourt help. So what’s next for Brad Underwood and the Illini?