Kouma to sign next Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The wait is over. Or at least it will be soon. Class of 2019 big man Bernard Kouma announced Thursday he would officially sign with Illinois on May 30. Since the spring signing period ended May 15, the three-star forward will sign his scholarship paperwork instead.

Roundtree suffers severe spinal injury

CHAMPAIGN — Social media was flooded Monday with thoughts of prayer and encouragement and hope for Bobby Roundtree. The Illinois junior defensive end suffered a severe spinal injury Saturday in a swimming accident near his home of Largo, Fla., and had emergency surgery Sunday night at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Fla.

May 22 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:30pm

The end of May is always a bit of a quiet time for Illinois basketball, with the players home for a well deserved break ahead of their return in early June for the start of summer workouts. Whether any new faces will join the Illini next month is the question. Counting Bernard Kouma's yet signed for scholarship, Illinois has three available heading into the 2019-20 season.

Poulter named to national team roster

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter is getting another shot with the U.S. Women's National Team. The former Illinois setter was named to the U.S. roster for the opening week of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Poulter and Team USA will open VNL play Wednesday against Belgium in Ruse, Bulgaria, before facing Japan on Thursday and capping the opening week Friday against Bulgaria.

Of Dee and Roger

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Juwan Howard has been hired at Michigan.


Juwan Howard's name popped immediately in the discussion of Michigan's replacement for now former coach John Beilein. Howard, now an assistant coach for the Miami Heat, has received plenty of support for his potential return to his alma mater.

Decision looms for Illini target Patterson

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Addison Patterson is a consensus four-star recruit. Every service — from Rivals to 247Sports — considers the Milton, Ont., native and Bella Vista Prep (Ariz.) guard that level of prospect.

He’s not outside the top 30 player rankings on any service, but ESPN values him the highest as the No. 26 overall player in the 2020 class.

At least for now.

Stevens commits to Mississippi State

The search for the next Illinois starting quarterback continues.

Tommy Stevens, a graduate transfer from Penn State who visited Illinois almost two weeks ago, verbally committed to Mississippi State on Friday morning.

Breaking down the men's basketball roster

The spring signing period ended on Wednesday, with Illinois officially having 10 players on scholarship right now as commit Bernard Kouma remains unsigned. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY looks at the roster breakdown at the moment for the 2019-2020 Illini, picks his starting five if the season started today and more:

Feagles, Illini rally for NCAA regional win

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — Mike Small’s Illinois men’s golf teams have developed a reputation as closers.

Those teams, though, have been much more experienced than this year’s squad. Small tinkered with his lineup more this season than any other, and this week’s NCAA regional was just the third tournament appearance for freshman Tommy Kuhl.

Illini target Williams eager for next shot

WESTFIELD, Ind. — The opening session of Nike EYBL action can deliver an increase in recruiting attention for players that elevate their game among some of the top prospects in the country.

Like Jaylin Williams did in Atlanta at the end of April.