Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

St. Lousian Lee visiting campus

ST. LOUIS – Kelvin Lee doesn't know where his star player's going to college, but he does know when David Lee will make his decision.

"He's going to sign early," said Kelvin Lee, boys' basketball coach at St. Louis Chaminade. "I sat down with him yesterday, and he still doesn't know where he wants to go. He's scratching his head."

Bradford to prepare Olympians

CHAMPAIGN – If his Illinois teammates need travel tips for Hawaii, Cory Bradford will be able to accommodate them.

The guard is headed there later this month as part of a USA Basketball Men's Select Team that will scrimmage the U.S. Olympians. He'll revisit Hawaii in November, when the Illini play in the Maui Invitational.

Whiz Kid passes away

   DES MOINES, Iowa  Jack Smiley, who helped the Whiz Kids develop into one of the most famous basketball teams at Illinois, died Sunday.

   He was 78.

Rossow: Relax, Illini, other teams hurting, too

The top receiver is out for the season. The offensive guard with All-Big Ten potential still is recovering from a broken leg. And the school might need the E Street Band to march at halftime to guarantee a sellout, tickets not going as fast as expected for a bowl-bound team.

Henson sticking around as coach

CHAMPAIGN – Getting back into coaching was the easy part for Lou Henson.

Getting out of it has been a bit trickier.

Rossow: Bet on it: Big crowds, new recruits

College betting is popular. So says a study released this week that indicates one out of every four male student-athletes may be wagering illegally.

We prefer legal methods. So, in the betting spirit, here are some strong summer hunches.

Bet on ...

Retirement not in plans for Henson

Except Henson was talking about golf, not coaching college basketball. Seems neither his driver nor his putter was cooperating.

"It was one of those days," said Henson, who reconsidered and returned to the golf course the next day where, at 68, he's showing hints of improvement. In fact, he's coming off a 78 at Urbana Country Club. Keep it up, and he might shoot his age.

Rossow: Chat room helps Self, Illini blend

Marcus Griffin has a problem.

Not with his knee or his jump shot or his class schedule. It involves his nose and a pack of pigs he came across during a recent summer school session.

"Worst smell of my life," Griffin tells Bill Self in his cluttered Illinois basketball office.

Daily grind ideal for Judson

   Rob Judson spent Thursday night shuttling daughter Kristin to softball practice and son Matthew to basketball practice. This morning he took daughter Karin to cheerleading practice.

   It''s a routine he looks forward to, allowing the Illinois assistant basketball coach time with his children. And it''s a routine he''ll continue throughout the summer now that his job situation has been resolved.

Ex-Illini walks into job

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – There was no news conference to attend, no autograph seekers to fend off, no limousine ride from the airport.

Just some papers to sign and a four-hour practice in the searing Arizona sun to follow.