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Olympic medalists. A Pro Football Hall of Famer. College Football Hall of Famers. A two-time World Series champion. NCAA and Big Ten champions. Long-time administrative leaders. Those are among the list of accomplishments for the newest members of the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of…

Hitting the Illinois athletics scene this week: a third-party “NIL collective” headed by successful University of Illinois alums. The pitch: student-athletes receive sizable sums crowdfunded by donations large and small, from big-time investors and thousands of Illini fans.

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

'It was scary, man. I’ve had concussions before, but nothing like this one. It’s scary when you don’t really have a lot of answers and don’t have a lot of knowledge of what’s going on.'

The Belgian stepped up when Kofi Cockburn and Omar Payne battled foul issues against Purdue, crafting the most memorable game of his Illinois career to date.