Offseason buzz building for Illini, officially add Plummer to the roster


CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — It may be the offseason, but there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the Illinois Basketball program, who added four signees to the roster this week.

Along with Brandin Podziemski, RJ Melendez, and Florida transfer Omar Payne who signed on the first day of the signing period, the Illini officially added Alfonso Plummer. The Utah-transfer that committed over the weekend.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alfonso Plummer, add one of the best shooters in the country to our lineup,” Underwood said. “He is a proven scorer at this level, as evidenced by the shooting numbers he put up every night against Pac-12 competition. Alfonso’s experience and high basketball IQ, combined with his explosive scoring ability, make him a great fit for our multi-guard offense.”

The Illini lost Kofi Cockburn to the NBA Draft, after he declared on Sunday, but the Illini return senior Trent Frazier who is coming back for his fifth season, bringing a veteran presence to the team.

“He epitomizes everything that our culture is about, and so I’m very very excited to have Trent,” said Underwood. “That gives us an outstanding defender, a guy that who can play both spots and has done it throughout his career, and the one thing that I’m excited about is maybe we can continue to play really really fast, I think we’ve got a team that is the makes of becoming an outstanding three point shooting team.”

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