WCIA -- Top Illinois basketball 2019 recruiting target EJ Liddell released his Top 5 schools on Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-7 forward from Belleville West will focus his attention on Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas State.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WCIA) -- Some changes are coming to the NCAA basketball recruiting system. The NCAA announced the changes last week, and they include things from coming back to college after declaring for the NBA draft to more official visits.
WCIA -- The top Illinois basketball recruiting target in the Class of 2019 is heading to Kentucky. Kahlil Whitney announced on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon that he will play for the Wildcats next season.
URBANA (WCIA) -- Four Illinois football blueshirts were officially announced before the team's first practice on Friday afternoon. Quarterback AJ Bush, receiver Dominic Stampley, linebacker Camilo Eifler and kicker Caleb Griffin are all on scholarship but will be in the Class of 2019. The NCAA only allows teams to sign 25 players per recruiting class, so to help offset that, they permit programs to 'back count' players to the following recruiting class.
CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- One of the top Illinois basketball recruiting targets in the Class of 2019 has cut his list of final schools. Five-star forward Kahlil Whitney announced his 'Final 8' on Twitter late Tuesday night: Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Oregon, SMU.
CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Former Illinois basketball player Greg Eboigbodin is transferring to Northeastern, according a to post on his Twitter account Monday night. The 6-foot-9 forward announced last month his intent to transfer after just one season in Champaign. The Nigeria native averaged 2.2 points and 2.4 rebounds as a true freshman with the Illini, playing in 30 games.
WCIA -- Urbana wrestler Luke Luffman is coming back to the area with a national championship. The rising senior won the 220-pound United States Marine Corps/USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle national title in Fargo, N.D. on Tuesday.
WCIA -- The Illinois men's basketball coaching staff is out in full force during the July evaluation periods. The biggest AAU event of the year is this weekend, EYBL's Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Now second year Illinois coach Brad Underwood is trying to be seen as much as possible, especially by top 2019 targets EJ Liddell, Kahlil Whitney and Kofi Cockburn, among several others.
SAVOY (WCIA) -- Illinois men's basketball coach Brad Underwood stopped by the 29th annual Kendall Gill golf outing on Monday afternoon at the U of I Orange Course. In this uncut interview, he talks about what Gill means to the program, recruiting, recent signee Anthony Higgs and several other topics.