Illinois Fighting Illini

12-21

Team Snapshot
Points Per Game 72.7 159th
Rebounds Per Game 33.0 286th
Assists Per Game 13.5 158th
Points Allowed 75.2 269th
2018-19 Big Ten Standings
TEAM CONF OVR
Purdue 16-4 26-10
Michigan 15-5 30-7
Wisconsin 14-6 23-11
Maryland 13-7 23-11
Iowa 10-10 23-12
Minnesota 9-11 22-14
Ohio State 8-12 20-15
Indiana 8-12 19-16
Penn State 7-13 14-18
Illinois 7-13 12-21
Rutgers 7-13 14-17
Nebraska 6-14 19-17
Northwestern 4-16 13-19

Illinois Fighting Illini News

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Portland Trail Blazers drafted Meyers Leonard 7 years ago today

    Seven years ago today, Illinois center Meyers Leonard was selected with the 11th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Portland Trail Blazers picked Leonard to be a pivotal piece in a building organization. This was a great memory for me because I thought Leonard was a really talented player who could have done great things with the Illini. Sadly, this was the last member of the Orange and Blue to get picked in the NBA Draft.

    In the three years prior to the 2011-12 NBA season, the Trail Blazers had made the playoffs. They were a team that had some good talent like LaMarcus Aldridge who was entering the prime of his career.

    Seven years ago today, Illinois center Meyers Leonard was selected with the 11th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Portland Trail Blazers picked Leonard to be a pivotal piece in a building organization. This was a great memory for me because I thought Leonard was a really talented player who could have done great things with the Illini. Sadly, this was the last member of the Orange and Blue to get picked in the NBA Draft.

    In the three years prior to the 2011-12 NBA season, the Trail Blazers had made the playoffs. They were a team that had some good talent like LaMarcus Aldridge who was entering the prime of his career.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Illini connection with Morgan Park is strong

    Developing these relationships gives trust to the coaches and players of those respective teams that the college head coach will take care of their players like they were one of their own. The coaches at the high school level want their players to succeed and having trust in a college coach who can help the player accomplish that goal is paramount.

    Morgan Park High School is a program that has produced some of the top talent in the nation. From Marcus LoVett to Charlie Moore to Ayo Dosunmu, this program has pumped out great players. The trend of talented players coming from Morgan Park isn't slowing down either.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: DJ Steward is a perfect fit for the Illini

    I have said it numerous times, the Illini could be in a sticky situation after this season when it comes to the guard roles on the team. Ayo Dosunmu will be departing and so will his backup, Andres Feliz. That will leave a massive gap at the No. 1 guard spot. Depending on how good of a season Trent Frazier has, he could be gone as well. This is why the class of 2020 is so important. Adding someone like DJ Steward would make the transition, from the current guard regime to the new guard regime, seamless.

  • The Champaign Room: Top 10 Illinois Basketball Players of the 2010s

    We've reached the end of what has been a long and painful decade of Illinois Basketball. In the last ten seasons, the Illini had three different head coaches and only managed to reach the NCAA tournament twice. Let's rank the ten best players of this glorious stretch of Illini hoops.

    This is my post so I get to make up the rules. In order to be considered, the player must have played at least two seasons at Illinois between the 2009-10 and 2018-19 seasons. That means there is no Ayo Dosunmu or Giorgi Bezhanishvili in this list.

  • The News-Gazette: Learning curve not as steep for young, but experienced Illini

    CHAMPAIGN -- This summer is different for Illinois men's basketball compared to a year ago in one simple, clear way.

    Last summer, Illini coach Brad Underwood and his staff spent the bulk of their time teaching a roster with twice as many newcomers as returning players. Progress wasn't exactly expedient.

    This month? Underwood and Co. have jumped right into summer workouts with a young, but experienced, team on campus.

    "We're light-years ahead," Underwood said before Tuesday afternoon's skill workout at Ubben Basketball Complex. "We can actually start thinking about schemes and getting guys up and advancing some things.

  • The News-Gazette: Tillman could fill out Illini basketball's roster

    Brad Underwood turned his recruiting attention to instate products over the weekend, making offers to three Land of Lincoln products. That hasn't stopped the Illini from their pursuit of transfer talent, Utah's Donnie Tillman the latest to schedule a visit. In 'Inside Illini Basketball,' beat writer Scott Richey dives deep into recruiting as well as his indepth conversation with Tevian Jones.

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    CHAMPAIGN -- Donnie Tillman played perhaps his best basketball in the final five games of the 2018-19 season. The Utah sophomore forward averaged 14.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field, 41 percent from three-point range and 83 percent at the free-throw line as the Utes played out the string in their 17-14 season.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Make the best Illini team for $15

    There were some legendary guards who lit the world on fire. Players like Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther Head and Ayo Dosunmu, just to name a few, are all legends for this great program. Illinois also has some great forwards and big men too.

    Meyers Leonard was fun to watch when he was with the team. He would have been so special if he stuck around a little longer. I loved the play of Roger Powell and Nanna Egwu as well. These two were big for their respective teams for different reasons.

    But what if you only had $15 to spend and each player was valued at a different dollar amount?

  • The News-Gazette: Good Morning, Illini Nation: 'You have to keep getting elite talent'

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    If I saw Marcus Liberty play, I probably wasn't aware of it at the time. His senior season at King coincided with .

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Illini need Brandon Weston's scoring ability

    There is a solid chance that the Illini are going to need multiple positions when 2021 rolls around. I have detailed what the No. 1 and No. 2 guard positions will look like. But Illinois could be short on the wing as well. That is where Brandon Weston could come into play.

    Weston is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound small forward from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois. He is rated as a three-star recruit but isn't ranked nationally yet by the recruiting sites. He is starting to get some solid recruiting attention, though.

    Over the past few weeks, Weston has picked a couple more offers and now he has offers from teams like Wake Forest, Seton Hall and UMass, in addition to the one from the Illini.

  • The News-Gazette: Transfer talk: Utah's Donnie Tillman

    Brad Underwood turned his recruiting attention to instate products over the weekend, making offers to three Land of Lincoln products. That hasn't stopped the Illini from their pursuit of transfer talent, Utah's Donnie Tillman the latest to schedule a visit. In 'Inside Illini Basketball,' beat writer Scott Richey dives deep into recruiting as well as his indepth conversation with Tevian Jones.

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    CHAMPAIGN -- That one last open scholarship Illinois is holding onto heading into the 2019-20 season is an asset. It also gives Illini coach Brad Underwood some flexibility in rounding out his roster.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Louis Lesmond would continue Europe to Illini pipeline

    Brad Underwood traveled around the state of Illinois to watch basketball tournaments and to visit recruits he potentially wants playing for him in the future. One of the strong AAU programs in the state is the Illinois Wolves. The Illini were able to offer a few players from this program a scholarship, one of which included Louis Lesmond.

    Lesmond is a 6-foot-6, 175-pound shooting guard from Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois. He isn't rated by recruiting sites but MaxPreps has him as the No. 96 player in the class of 2021 and the No.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Illini see potential in 2021 wing Isaiah Barnes

    Seeing talented kids on the court and projecting what they can do in the future is an important part of coaching. Brad Underwood and the Illini coaching staff pick kids who can help the team moving forward whether they are a five-star or a two-star. The Illini are now targeting Isaiah Barnes.

    Barnes is a 6-foot-5, 150-pound combo guard from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Romeoville, Illinois. He is rated as a three-star recruit by Future150, but some of the recruiting sites don't have him rated or ranked.

    On Sunday, Barnes announced on Twitter that he had received an offer from the Illini.

  • The News-Gazette: Good Morning, Illini Nation: Watch out below!

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    Kofi's arrival means backboard adjustments

    A perk of my role at News-Gazette Media is covering the team behind the scenes, telling stories away from State Farm Center.

  • The News-Gazette: UPDATE: Trio of 2021 wings get Illini offer

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois basketball added two more in-state recruiting targets to its board with offers to Class of 2021 wings Louis Lesmond, Isaiah Barnes and Brandon Weston on Sunday.

    Lesmond, who transferred to Niles Notre Dame this summer, played for Evanston in 2018-19 after moving to the Chicago area from France. The 6-foot-6 wing played for the French national in the 2018 FIBA U16 European Championship and then helped lead the Wildkits to a runner-up finish in the Class 4A state tournament in March.

    Lesmond averaged 4.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 22 games for Evanston last season, but put up 12 points and five rebounds in the championship game against Belleville West.

  • The News-Gazette: In-state pair pick up Illini hoops offers

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois basket added two more in-state recruiting targets to its board with offers to Class of 2021 wings Louis Lesmond and Isaiah Barnes. Both play for the Illinois Wolves, which tweeted the offers Sunday night.

    Lesmond, who transferred to Niles Notre Dame this summer, played for Evanston in 2018-19 after moving to the Chicago area from France. The 6-foot-6 wing played for the French national in the 2018 FIBA U16 European Championship and then helped lead the Wildkits to a runner-up finish in the Class 4A state tournament in March.

    Lesmond averaged 4.9 points and 1.

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