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Writing Illini 6 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini lineup with Brandin Podziemski

Brad Underwood is coming through for the Illinois basketball team, as they have now added another member to the class of 2021. On Tuesday afternoon, Brandin Podziemski announced that he has decided to commit to the Illini. This is a huge pick-up for the Orange and Blue and one that changes around the lineup a […] Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini lineup with Brandin Podziemski - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini 6 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Illini land 4-star guard Brandin Podziemski

The Illinois basketball team just received a vital commitment from Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball. Head coach Brad Underwood and the Illini received another offseason surprise, as four-star combo-guard Brandin Podziemski announced his commitment to the Orange and Blue on Tuesday.  Podziemski chose Illinois over his other top four schools: Kentucky, Wake Forest, Miami, and Vanderbilt. Podziemski, […] Illinois Basketball: Illini land 4-star guard Brandin Podziemski - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room 6 hours ago
4-Star G Brandin Podziemski commits to Illinois

4-Star G Brandin Podziemski commits to Illinois

Twitter: @brandinpodziem2 Another elite scorer is joining the Orange & Blue for this season. The Illinois Fighting Illini have had lots to celebrate on the recruiting front recently, bringing in Florida transfer Omar Payne and 2022 guards AJ Storr & Reggie Bass. And the good news keeps on coming. Illinois bolstered its 2021 recruiting class by adding four-star wing Brandin Podziemski, a 6-foot-6 guard from Delafield, Wisc. The lefty sharpshooter announced his decision on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter. 110% COMMITTED @PhenomUniverse @SJNAHoops...
Writing Illini 8 hours ago

Illinois Football: 5 biggest official visits for the Illini this offseason

The Illinois football coaching staff has hit the ground running when it comes to recruiting, and they have already secured numerous official visits. Every official visit is important considering this is a way for the Illini to show why they would be the best option for the young recruit. It is a chance to show […] Illinois Football: 5 biggest official visits for the Illini this offseason - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Apr 12, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Illini targeting ace three-point shooting transfer

Illinois basketball continues to their offseason push to reload, as there are reports that they have been in touch with a new name in the transfer market. On Friday, Jake Lieberman of Pro Insight reported that East Tennessee State transfer Ledarrius Brewer has been contacted by a myriad of programs including the Illini. Some of […] Illinois Basketball: Illini targeting ace three-point shooting transfer - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Apr 12, 2021
There won’t be another Giorgi B.

There won’t be another Giorgi B.

IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports An Illini in every sense. Giorgi, we’ll miss you. There’s a little bit of Giorgi Bezhanishvili in all of us. Likely through watching your beloved Illinois Fighting Illini sports teams, at some point those game-watching experiences inevitably bring you back to some memories of your own time at the U of I deep in the cornfields of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois is a good school. A serious school. Illini fans take pride in it. We know the rigors of the process just to get admitted, and also the rigors of how to sustain that success once there....
Writing Illini Apr 12, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Illini commit AJ Storr brings an impressive resume

The Illinois basketball team landed a major priority recruit with Arizona Compass Prep’s AJ Storr joining the fold in 2022. Storr, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard, has been on Illinois’ radar since the fall of 2020. The three-star recruit is officially calling Champaign home, as he took to Twitter to make the news official on […] Illinois Basketball: Illini commit AJ Storr brings an impressive resume - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Apr 11, 2021

Illinois Football: Jordan Anderson is a new recruiting target for Illini

Reestablishing an in-state recruiting presence is going to take a while for the Illinois football team. It is hard to convince coaches and players who haven’t had the recruiting attention from the Illini in a while to come to Champaign. But, with time, I believe Bret Bielema and his staff will be able to build […] Illinois Football: Jordan Anderson is a new recruiting target for Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Apr 9, 2021
Trent Fraizer declares for NBA Draft, hiring agent

Trent Fraizer declares for NBA Draft, hiring agent

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Thank you, Trent. Trent Frazier had the option to come back for an extra year due to the pandemic, but he will enter the NBA Draft instead. Frazier announced his decision to put his name in the field and hire an agent on Friday night. Thank you, Illini Nation.#1 Out ‼️ pic.twitter.com/vn0e3f8B0T— Trent (@_Trentfrazier1) April 9, 2021 “I will be an Illini forever!” Frazier wrote in his message. The four-year senior originally committed to John Groce, but stuck around when Brad Underwood was named the program’s head...
Writing Illini Apr 9, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini lineup after losing Giorgi Bezhanishvili

The Illinois basketball lineup took a hit on Thursday night when Giorgi Bezhanishvili announced he was going to take his talents to the professional ranks. Losing Giorgi means the Illini are losing depth in the frontcourt. We needed someone like Giorgi with his experience and ability to put the ball in the hoop. Now the […] Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini lineup after losing Giorgi Bezhanishvili - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Apr 9, 2021
2020-21 Player Review: Andre Curbelo

2020-21 Player Review: Andre Curbelo

Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports The Magician is going to be The Guy. It didn’t take long for freshman Andre Curbelo to show his value to the Illinois Fighting Illini. The point guard from Puerto Rico dazzled in his debut season, landing on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and being named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year. His fearless style made him one of the most entertaining players in college basketball. Belo’s ballhandling and court vision created many GIF-worthy moments during the 2020-21 season, and he’s just getting started. By The Numbers Curbelo appeared in...
Writing Illini Apr 9, 2021

Illinois Football: Depth is building as Illini add transfer offensive lineman

Illinois football received a massively under-the-radar transfer commitment on Thursday night. Whoever wins the quarterback job under Bret Bielema is going to need some protection. Building the front lines is something I have harped on for years. Illinois managed to add a crucial piece to their blocking needs with Jack Badovinac announcing he is coming […] Illinois Football: Depth is building as Illini add transfer offensive lineman - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Apr 8, 2021
Giorgi Bezhanishvili declares for NBA Draft

Giorgi Bezhanishvili declares for NBA Draft

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The beloved Illini is trying to go pro. Another Illini is pursuing his pro opportunities. Giorgi Bezhanisvhili declared for the NBA Draft via Instagram on Thursday afternoon. The Rustavi, Georgia native has played a vital role in the Illinois rotation for the past three seasons after his breakout freshman year in which he led the team in rebounding and blocks. He set the program’s freshman single-game scoring record with 35 points in a win over Rutgers. Since scoring 20 or more five times as a frosh, he hasn’t scored...
Writing Illini Apr 8, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Illini season wrap-up for Ayo Dosunmu

Ayo Dosunmu’s 2020-21 season was arguably his best while being part of the Illinois basketball program. Here is the season wrap-up for the star Illini guard. Expectations Before the start of the 2020-21 season, I was expecting Ayo to do big things. In his sophomore campaign, he averaged 16.8 points. 3.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds […] Illinois Basketball: Illini season wrap-up for Ayo Dosunmu - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Apr 8, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini lineup with the addition of Omar Payne

Illinois basketball added a big piece to the program just days ago when Omar Payne decided to transfer in from Florida. Payne is someone who didn’t see a ton of playing time with the Gators, but he could blossom into a solid big man for the Illini in the near future. Brad Underwood has started […] Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini lineup with the addition of Omar Payne - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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