Ex-Illini Storey in trouble again

BISMARCK, N.D. – Martynas Andriuskevicius, assigned to the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards by the Chicago Bulls, was recovering from a minor skull fracture and a concussion Saturday, two days after he was punched by a teammate, former Illini Awvee Storey.

Tate: Zook, assistants, players all have roles in recruiting

CHAMPAIGN – If Ron Zook can piece together two banner recruiting seasons off consecutive two-win seasons, what's his upper limit if the Illini start winning?

Martez Wilson's acceptance of the 19th scholarship Thursday – Detroit's Tigers are contractually obligated to pay the way for the 20th, safety Bo Flowers – brings the question into focus. Zook is showing himself to be as advertised, a workaholic with extraordinary salesmanship and closing skills.

Coming soon

The state's top-rated recruit, Chicago Simeon's Martez Wilson, made a commitment to Illinois on Thursday. Here are the players who have told Ron Zook they are coming:

Wilson gets word he'll play both ways, then gives UI his word

CHICAGO – Picture this: The Illinois freshman grabs Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, forcing a fumble. His teammates recover the ball. The next play, the freshman, now playing offense, finds an opening in the back corner of the end zone and catches Juice Williams' pass for a touchdown.

Sound impossible? Not according to the folks who have followed Martez Wilson's high school career.

Nyquist nears return from injury woes

PEORIA – Megan Nyquist is moving closer to a return.

The oft-injured Illinois guard did not make the trip to Bradley with the team Thursday, instead heading back to her Lee's Summit, Mo., home. But she is scheduled to take part in her first full workout of the season Tuesday, UI coach Theresa Grentz said.

Brave defensive effort lifts Illini women

PEORIA – Theresa Grentz's Illini picked a good night to pick up their defense.

The Illini shook off a nearly disastrous shooting night to clamp down on Bradley on Thursday night, limiting the Braves to 22.6 percent shooting in a 57-41 victory at Robertson Field House.

Carter has reason for optimism

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois senior forward Warren Carter missed his first game of the season Thursday night against Idaho State with what originally was called a hip flexor injury and now is classified as a groin injury that he sustained Tuesday night against Missouri.

The Illini won 71-60 against the Bengals (5-7) despite Carter's absence.

Grit, bear it for UI, guard

CHAMPAIGN – Want to see? Take a peek. Chester Frazier doesn't show off his sliced, blistered, battered, bruised right foot to anyone.

"Look at it," the point guard said as he slid off an orange sneaker late Thursday. "There's not any skin left."

Illini report card

Grading the Illini's win over Idaho State:

Pushing Pruitt only making Illini big man better down the road

CHAMPAIGN – Finally, Shaun Pruitt had heard enough. Enough of the badgering and the nitpicking the burly center hears daily at practice.

"I got him real mad," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said.