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Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

Ayo after Michigan State win

Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili, left, and guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) are swarmed by fans after the team's NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State in Champaign, Ill., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Illinois won 79-74.

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Giorgi Bezhanishvili announced last week he was declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft with the intention of taking the next step in his basketball career. Before that happens, though, Illinois fans can get a chance to see the fan favorite forward in an autograph session happening later this month.

Bezhanishvili will be making an appearance at Ryno's Fine Sports Collectibles at 214 S. Lake of the Woods Road in Mahomet on Saturday, April 24, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 each, and masks will be required for those that attend. He shared the information over the weekend on his Instagram story (@cherrigiorgi).

For more information, call (217)-607-6276 or email Ryan McClure at

Scott Richey covers college basketball for The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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