In a family of standouts, Sabers' Baillon is rising above the rest

CHAMPAIGN — Wade Baillon knows whom the winner would be.

The question: If the rising junior at St. Thomas More took to the tennis court with his father, Ernie, and older sister, Madie, which Baillon would collect the most victories?

Top 50 Most Important Illini Football Players: No. 44 Dre Brown

After shirking injuries to finally get on the field last season, beat writer Scott Richey thinks running back Dre Brown has a shot to make an impact in 2018. 

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 44, UCLA

Coach: Chip Kelly

2017 record: 6-7

Projected 2017 record: 7-5

Circle the date: Nov. 3 at Oregon

Bowl trip: Sun

2018 N-G All-Area Boys' Tennis Team

A photo collection of The News-Gazette's 14th annual Boys' Tennis All-Area First Team.

Little League: Kuhn's vs. Wampler

Little League tournament quarterfinal game between Kuhn's and Wampler at Eisner Park in Champaign on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Build it or 'get lapped'

The night before Friday's Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago, heavyweights from Illinois basketball gathered for a Champions Summit.

The message:

"We need to get busy," senior associate athletic director for development Howard Milton said. "You don't get passed in this, you can get lapped in the Big Ten in terms of facilities."

Allison makes final roster cut for U20 United States national team

AGUASCALIENTES, MEXICO — When Mica Allison earned a spot on United States volleyball's Under-18 national team last summer, she admitted it was a bit of a surprise.

One year later, Allison had a shot to land on the U-20 roster.

"I'd be pretty disappointed if I didn't make it this year," Allison said.

No issue there.

Top 50 Most Important Illini Football Players: No. 45 Kievan Myers

Freshman offensive guard Kievan Myers could find himself in Illinois' two-deep this season quickly, beat writer Scott Richey says. Watch the video below to see why he has the Bishop Dunne alum ranked No. 45 on his list of most important Illini football players.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 45, Kievan Myers

Vitals: 6-5, 330, OL

Hometown: Dallas

High School: Bishop Dunne

While we wait for their names to be called ...

How many first-round picks will come from the Big Ten?

Kevin Huerter's rapid rise following his pre-draft workouts brings the total to four, with the Maryland guard slated as a first-round pick along with Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges and Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop (above). It'll be the Big Ten's best haul since 2014.