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"To the extent that economics weighed in the decisions to return, it can only be seen as a good thing," ESPN analyst Jay Bilas says of the decisions by Coleman Hawkins and Terrence Shannon Jr. to return to Illinois.


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The former Iowa State and Temple standout, who missed last season due to injury, announced on social media his commitment to Brad Underwood's program

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Coleman Hawkins and Terrence Shannon Jr. withdrew from the NBA draft and announced their returns to Illinois within hours of each other on Wednesday evening. 

Coleman Hawkins will return to Illinois in 2023-24 for his fourth season with the Illini, per multiple reports. 

With Terrence Shannon Jr. coming back and Coleman Hawkins still waiting to announce his decision, let's ponder what the 2023-24 Illini could look like