Five things to watch out for in Illini’s open hoop training; Chicago 2023 stars to visit this weekend


There is a lot of news every day. Illini Inquirer will try to aid digestion every weekday morning with the Daily Digest. Today, hear about Illinois basketball open practice, a group of visiting Chicago stars, a top target who transfers high schools, a big round of Illini golf, and the early days of the pre- Ayo Dosunmu’s NBA season.


(Photo: Jeremy Werner, 247Sports)

On Saturday, fans will be able to see the Illinois men’s basketball play at the State Farm Center for the first time since March 2020. The Illini, sure they’ll be in the top 25, host an open practice Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the State Farm Center.

Access: The doors will open at 8 a.m. Fans must arrive through the Grand West entrance (First St. side of the arena). Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Car parks open at 7:00 a.m. Car parks open at 7:00 a.m. as part of the normal procedure on football match days. Passes are required to access all parking lots adjacent to the State Farm Center. The closest shopping lot to the State Farm Center is in Research Park.

Strategies: Due to university policy, all visitors – vaccinated or unvaccinated – must wear a face covering inside the State Farm Center. Fans are also not allowed to take photos or videos during training. Illini’s clear bag policy will also be in effect.

Five things to watch out for

  • 1) Superstars: All-American Center Kofi Cockburn is back, and fans will surely show him a lot of appreciation for not going to the NBA – or Kentucky, and if someone isn’t intimidated trying to replace Ayo Dosunmu, it is the confident dynamo of the playmaker André Curbelo, the flashiest playmaker in the country.
  • 2) Super seniors: A little overlooked due to Cockburn’s return, but Trent Frazier and Da’Monte Williams raising the ground for the Illini – especially defensively – with their comebacks for an unprecedented fifth season for a non-Red player. The only players left from Underwood’s first lineup are culture carriers who also provided tenacity on defense and sniping on offense.
  • 3) The X factors: Austin hutcherson and Coleman hawkins: Hutcherson, a Division III transfer, is entering his third season in Illinois but has yet to play in front of fans at the State Farm Center after a sit-out season in 2019-20 and after missing last season after going. aggravated a previous back injury. Underwood says the 6-foot-6 wing is one of Illini’s best athletes and shooters, but Saturday will be our first glimpse of his skills on the court. Hawkins and the other two sophomores – Curbelo and Brandon lieb – didn’t have a full offseason last year due to the pandemic, and Hawkins probably needed those offseason strength gains as much as anyone. With a year of gains and confidence, Hawkins could be a big X factor at the Illini’s biggest unknown position: the four.
  • 4) Transfers: Alphonse plummer and Omar Payne are unlikely to start, but the two five-power transfers – Utah’s Plummer and Florida’s Payne – provide a big boost to the depth of the bench. Payne, a 6-10, 240-pound tall man, is a top runner who can block shots and dunk with authority, but coaches are also raving about his skills, including a mid-range jumper. Plummer is a smaller guard, but he’s a microwave scorer who Underwood says may be one of the best shooters in the country. He is expected to deliver a punch on the bench.
  • 5) First year students: For the first time in a long time, Illinois doesn’t need real freshmen to make a big impact, but the Illini have signed three four-star wingers who improve length and skills on the wing. Luke Goode is the most physically advanced and can pull it but might struggle with athleticism, while RJ Melendez is the most athletic but needs to add strength. Guardian Brandin Podziemski is the most talented and dynamic scorer, but he skips several levels of Wisconsin basketball at a small school. There may be room for one of them at the end of a heavy veteran rotation.

*** Get 2 months VIP access to Illini Inquirer for only $ 1 ***


Jj taylor (Photo: Alex Woodhouse / Jon Lopez Creative / Nike EYBL)

This past weekend, Illinois hosted several players from Chicago’s MeanStreets AAU program, and this weekend, the Illini will host several stars from the Mac Irvin Fire program. Chicago Kenwood Class of 2023 teammates Jj taylor, Darrin ames and Davius ​​Loury will be making unofficial visits to Illinois this weekend, reports Scott Burgess of Prep Hoops Illinois. The trio play for Kenwood coach Mike Irvin, who also coaches the Mac Irvin Fire.


  • SF Jj taylor: The 6-foot-8-inch athletic and skilled forward is a five-star prospect and the third overall prospect in the 2023 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He has college basketball heavyweight offerings including Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Gonzaga and Michigan.
  • PF Davius ​​Loury: The 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward has seven scholarship offers, including massive offers from Illinois, Iowa State, LSU and Nebraska. The Illini offered 13 months ago.
  • g Darrin ames: The 6-foot-3 guard has major offerings from Illinois, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

*** Sign up for our FREE daily Illini Inquirer newsletter ***


Four Star Michigan Wing Ty rodgers will transfer from Grand Blanc, Michigan to play for Thornton Township High School, Illinois. Rodgers is the No. 54 overall prospect in the class of 2022, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and will become Illinois’ top prospect, just ahead of Yorkville Christian Guard and Duke commit Jaden schutt.

Why is this important: Rodgers is one of the few available targets for the Illini in the Class of 2022 and plays for the MeanStreets AAU program in Chicago and made an official visit to Illinois last month. At Thornton, he will play for MeanStreets founder Tai Streets, who has a long and close relationship with the Illinois freshman assistant. Tim anderson. Rodgers is also considering Michigan, the state of Michigan, Alabama, Memphis and Xavier.

Thought bubble: If Rodgers is willing to leave Michigan for Illinois once, is he more likely to choose Illinois over Michigan a second time?

*** Follow Illini Inquirer on Instagram ***


(Photo: Getty)

Tee times and televised assignments for most of the Illinois men’s basketball program were released on Tuesday. Here are some notables, via Illinois Athletics.

  • The Illinois season opener will air on BTN, the conference network broadcasting the Nov. 9 game against Jackson State.
  • Illinois will appear five times on ESPN / 2, twice on FOX, once on CBS, four times on FS1, and eight times on BTN during its 20-game conference schedule.
  • The Big Ten game begins on December 3, with the Illini hosting Rutgers at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • Illinois will have a big-name audience on December 11, with Arizona’s home game scheduled to air at 4 p.m. on FOX.
  • Braggin ‘Rights on December 22 in St. Louis is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on BTN.
  • FOX will be in Champagne on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 17), televising the Purdue game at 11 a.m.
  • Illinois’ home games against Michigan (Jan. 14, 8 p.m.) and Ohio State (Feb. 24, 8 p.m.) will both air on FS1.
  • The Michigan State home game on January 25 at 6 p.m. is scheduled for the ESPN / 2 Super Tuesday showcase.
  • The regular season ends March 6, with FOX broadcasting a Sunday night showdown with Iowa at the State Farm Center (6:30 p.m.)


(Photo: courtesy Illinois Athletics)

The Illinois men’s golf course shot an industry-best 8 under 280 second round on Tuesday at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational to move less than a shot from the leader and host Arkansas. The 12th-ranked Illini (-10) entered the round eight strokes behind the Razorbacks, but three Illini – Adrien Dumont de Chassart (-5), Piercer hunting (-3) and Tommy kuhl (-3) – drawn below par to put the Illini in the mix for a tournament title ahead of Wednesday’s final round.

Illini individual scores through two rounds

  • T3) Piercen Hunt 69-69 – 138 (-6)
  • T7) Adrien Dumont de Chassart 72-67 – 139 (-5)
  • T12) Tommy Kuhl 73-69 – 142 (-3)
  • T26) Jerry Ji 72-75 (+3)
  • T49) Dylan Keating 75-79 – 154 (+10)


(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Former basketball star Illini Ayo Dosunmu scored eight points in 13 minutes on his NBA preseason debut, a 131-95 Bulls victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at United Center. Dosunmu came on late in the third quarter, with the Chicago native receiving a standing ovation from the home crowd. Dosunmu then did a runner, elbow jumper, fastbreak dunk and putback. He finished 4-for-9 on the field with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers.

What this means: Dosunmu only played after the Bulls starters and the rotation’s top goaltenders were done for the night, showing his path to immediate game time will be tough. But he made the most of his minutes and looked confident and at ease. With Coby White out for a month with a shoulder injury, Dosunmu has a chance to play, but the Bulls have a plethora of veteran options on guard so he’ll have to earn it. Eventually, he probably will, but for now, he’ll likely focus on developing and delivering energy and effort.

Bulls TV analyst Stacey King said on the show: “He will find his place in playing time. He will also find his place in this rotation. … Very talented child.



Good Wednesday! October is for baseball.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.