Bill Cubit will sign his first class at Illinois on Wednesday, with 24 committed prospects in the fold already. Here are the players expected to fax their letters of intent to Illinois:
Sneak peek: UI men at Rutgers, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
Illinois (10-12, 2-7 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Jaylon Tate Jr. 6-3 2.4
FRANKFORT — He made the commitment in the summer. And never wavered.
Wednesday morning, during a ceremony at Lincoln-Way East High School’s Griffins’ Lair, Kurt Gavin will sign his college letter of intent. It will be faxed to the Illinois football office, and the deal will be done. Gavin will play college football for Bill Cubit.
CHAMPAIGN — Brett Frerichs gambled by playing his leading scorer with two fouls in the first half on Tuesday against St. Thomas More. But as the Rantoul boys’ basketball coach found out later in the game, the stakes weren’t as high as they may have seemed in a battle between the remaining two undefeated Okaw Valley Conference teams.
In boys’ basketball
Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament
■ South Newton (Ind.) 46, Iroquois West 27. DonTerrance Nixon scored 19 points and swished five three-pointers for the Raiders. Iroquois West had 10 turnovers in the first half and only scored three points in the second quarter.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball coach Kevin Hambly added to his coaching staff Tuesday with the hiring of Erin Lindsey as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
CHAMPAIGN — Tim Finke isn’t exactly hurting for interest when it comes to his recruitment. The 6-foot-6 Champaign Central sophomore guard has six scholarship offers, the latest coming last week when Ohio State coaches Thad Matta, Jeff Boals and Greg Paulus stopped by a Maroons practice the day before the Buckeyes beat Illinois.
Having a college coach as a father has hurt Centennial guard Quin Nottingham’s recruitment, his father, West Virginia Wesleyan coach Gary Nottingham, admits.
“It’s kind of a unique situation,” the former assistant to head coach Bruce Weber at Illinois said. “A lot of (coaches) at certain levels, most of them assume that he’s coming here.”