Illinois St. Redbirds News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Pantagraph: Headrick superb again as ISU downs SIU in MVC Tournament
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Pantagraph: 'Special conference':Talent abounds for MVC Baseball Tournament at ISU
Although preseason favorite Missouri State has suffered through an injury riddled campaign and finished sixth in the league standings, Illinois State has emerged as a surprise co-champion with Dallas Baptist as the MVC Tournament opens a five-day run at Duffy Bass Field on Tuesday.
The Valley ranks sixth in RPI (Rating Percentage Index) among all Division I conferences and although only the tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the league has three teams with realistic at-large berth aspirations in ISU, Dallas Baptist and Indiana State.
"You look at the depth and see the RPIs and you've got to realize Missouri State, one of your best programs if not the best, and they're having a poor year by their standards," Illinois State coach Steve Holm said.
Peoria Journal-Star: Troy Pierce leaves BU basketball staff for position at SIUE
PEORIA -- Troy Pierce, Bradley's coordinator of player development and video operations, has joined the staff at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville as an assistant coach.
Pierce, who spent the past three seasons at BU in his dual roles, will be part of the Cougars' coaching staff headed by Brian Barone, the son of former Bradley assistant coach Tony Barone.
The younger Barone has been an SIUE assistant the past two seasons and was named interim head coach in March following the dismissal of Jon Harris.
"I have known Troy for several years and something that has always stood out to me has been his positive energy," said Barone in a statement.
Pantagraph: Point guard Torres to join Illinois State University basketball team
NORMAL -- Illinois State's basketball team was looking to land a veteran point guard in the spring to lead the way and also help mentor incoming freshman DJ Horne at the position.
Redbird head coach Dan Muller believes he has found such a player with plenty of experiences -- on and off the court.
Muller announced Saturday that former Wichita State point guard Ricky Torres will be transferring to ISU. Torres was a junior college all-American at Missouri State-West Plains before spending last season with the Shockers.
Torres will have one year of eligibility with ISU.
Pantagraph: Point guard Torres to join ISU basketball team
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NORMAL -- A busy week of adding players to Illinois State's basketball roster continued Saturday as Redbird head coach Dan Muller announced former Wichita State point guard Ricky Torres will be transferring to ISU.
Torres was a junior college all-American at Missouri State-West Plains before spending last season with the Shockers. He will have one year of eligibility with ISU.
"He's a special young man who is mature beyond his years. Ricky is a physical and talented point guard that brings experience, toughness, skill and leadership to our team next year," said Muller.
Official Site of the Redbirds: Illinois State Signs transfer Ricky Torres
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head men's basketball coach Dan Muller has announced that former Junior College All-American point guard Ricky Torres has signed to play for the Redbirds starting in the 2019-20 season.
"I'm so excited to add Ricky to our program," said Muller. "He's a special young man who is mature beyond his years. Ricky is a physical and talented point guard that brings experience, toughness, skill and leadership to our team next year. He was extremely well coached last year under Gregg Marshall and is ready to help lead our team immediately.
Official Site of the Redbirds: Illinois State Signs Antonio Reeves to National Letter of Intent
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head men's basketball coach Dan Muller has announced that Antonio Reeves has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Redbirds starting in the 2019-20 season.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Antonio to our program," said Muller. "Antonio is a skilled guard that can really shoot the basketball and will have a chance to play all three positions on the perimeter as he continues to grow and advances his game. He has played for a couple of the best high school coaches in the country in Mike Bibby and legendary Simeon coach Rob Smith.
Official Site of the Redbirds: Felde Placed on NFCA All-Mideast Region Third Team
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the second time in her career, Illinois State softball's Shannon Felde has earned a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-Mideast Region Third Team, the organization announced on Thursday.
The Redbirds switched from the All-Midwest to All-Mideast Region in 2009 and have placed at least one student-athlete on an all-region squad in seven of the last 10 seasons.
A two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection, Felde reached base safely in 45 of ISU's 51 contests in 2019, ending her senior campaign on an 11-game reached base streak.
Pantagraph: 6-7 wing forward Sissoko, a Mali native, signs with Redbirds
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NORMAL -- Illinois State's basketball team has finally struck on the recruiting trail this spring.
Redbird head coach Dan Muller announced Wednesday that 6-foot-7 wing forward Harouna Sissoko, a Mali native who attends Grand View Christian High School in Des Moines, Iowa, has signed a national letter of intent with ISU.
Sissoko averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this past season in helping Grand View Christian to a 26-1 record while capturing its third straight Class 1A Iowa State championship. He shot 56.6 percent from the field, 39.
Official Site of the Redbirds: Illinois State Signs Harouna Sissoko to National Letter of Intent
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head men's basketball coach Dan Muller has announced that Harouna Sissoko has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Redbirds starting in the 2019-20 season.
"We're excited to add Harouna to our program," said Muller. "He's a physical, versatile athlete that we believe has tremendous potential. As Harouna gets in our program and develops, we are excited about his future. He's a wonderful young man who is going to be a great contributor to our program."
Sissoko most recently played for Grand View Christian High School in Des Moines, Iowa, where he averaged 15.
Pantagraph: Redbirds hire Indiana State associate coach Belcher
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NORMAL -- Illinois State head basketball coach Dan Muller announced Monday that Indiana State associate head coach Marcus Belcher is joining the Redbird staff as an assistant coach.
Belcher, a former Southern Illinois point guard and assistant coach, has spent the last eight years on Greg Lansing's staff with Indiana State before resigning last week. He was promoted to the Sycamores' associate head coach in April 2017.
Pantagraph: Reserve guard Hein leaving Redbird basketball program
NORMAL -- Another scholarship has opened for Illinois State's basketball team as Matt Hein announced Thursday he has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
The 6-foot-3 Hein will have one year of eligibility remaining. He will be immediately eligible at another school for the 2019-20 season as a graduate transfer.
Hein's departure leaves ISU head coach Dan Muller and his staff with four scholarships available.
After redshirting as a freshman in the 2015-16 season, Hein played three years for the Redbirds, mainly in a reserve role. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.
Official Site of the Redbirds: Redbird Men's Basketball to Host Summer Camp
Register for Camps
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head men's basketball coach Dan Muller and his staff will conduct a pair of individual camps this summer, and registration is now open for the camps.
Online registration is available by navigating to the Illinois State Men's Basketball Camps website: www.goredbirds.com/mbballcamps. All camps will take place in Horton Fieldhouse and at ISU's North Gym practice facility, just north of Redbird Arena.
Campers will benefit immensely by participating in many of the same skill development drills that the Illinois State coaching staff utilizes to improve the skills of current Redbird players.
Official Site of the Redbirds: llinois State Primed for MVC Championship
NORMAL, Ill. - The No. 6 seed Illinois State Redbirds will open the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Softball Championship on Thursday versus No. 10 Valparaiso on Petersen Hotels Field at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria, Illinois. First pitch between the Redbirds and the Crusaders is set for 1:30 p.m.
REDBIRDS VS. THE FIELD
Illinois State is 58-50 overall at the MVC Tournament and 18-19 versus its side of the bracket. Thursday's match-up with Valpo will be the first meeting between the two programs in the postseason. The Redbirds hold a 6-7 record in the postseason against No.
Official Site of the Braves: Four Braves Earn All-Valley Honors
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- For the second time in three years Bradley Softball had a pair of First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honorees with sophomore Stacia Seeton and junior Kealia Wysocki earning the distinction and the Braves had four individuals recognized on All-Valley teams according to an announcement by the league office Wednesday morning.
Seeton and Wysocki both earned First-Team All-MVC honors for the first time in their careers after previously garnering second-team all-league honors. In addition, junior Allison Apke was named a Second-Team All-Valley selection, while senior Katie Habryle earned a spot on the MVC All-Defensive team.