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Illinois Basketball has two players listed in The Athletic’s 2023 NBA Mock Draftwritten by Sam Vecenie.
- Coleman Hawkins: Vecenie names the junior forward to go 35th overall (fifth pick in the second round) at the Detroit Pistons, just one spot behind the Indiana big man Trayce Jackson Davis. Hawkins, Illini’s only returning starter a year ago, averaged 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game last season, but the 6-foot-10 skilled forward should play a much bigger role this season. Last season, he showed a huge defensive ceiling as he harassed Big Ten stars like Keegan Murray and Ron Harper Jr. and also an emerging offensive skill set, making 35% of his three-point attempts in his last nine games.
- Terrence Shannon Junior: Vecenie sets up the Texas Tech transfer and junior guard at No. 51 overall for the Denver Nuggets. The 6-foot-6 fourth-year winger averaged 11.0 points and shot 35.1 percent on three during his three seasons at Lubbock, although he was slowed by a back injury last season. last (10.4 points) and was less of an inescapable offensive threat. . But Shannon has great length and vertical leap ability and is a better three-point shooter (38.4 percent last season) and should be a primary option for Illinois this season. Illinois coach Brad Underwood praised Shannon’s work ethic during the offseason.
What this means: Far-too-early mock drafts are just a snapshot of the moment, but Illinois with multiple players earns NBA Draft preseason buzz – Baylor transfer Matthew Mayer appeared in the latest draft of ESPN – is a sign of good health of the program and recruitment. For context, Illinois hasn’t had multiple players selected in a single NBA draft since 2006: Dee Brown and James Augustine, the two winningest players in Illini history.
Illinois Great Basketball Malcolm’s Hill scored 11 points to help lead the Chicago Bulls to a 93-83 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday in NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas.
- Hill, who was on a two-way deal with the Bulls last season, shot 4-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-4 of three, to go along with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, zero turnovers. and only one foul in 23 minutes.
And after: Kofi Cockburn and the Utah Jazz take on the Toronto Raptors at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday (ESPN2), while Hill and the Bulls next face the Charlotte Hornets at 5 p.m. CT Thursday (ESPN2).
Class of 2023 four-star wing Trent Pierce made a commitment Tuesday in Missouri. 6-foot-8, 180-pound sniper Compass Prep (Arizona) picked Tigers and freshman head coach Denis Gates on a final six from Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Why is this important: Illinois, which is looking for a long sniper in the class of 2023, lobbied for Pierce this spring but was unable to get the Oklahoma native to visit the interface campus. user. Underwood said Monday the Illini are prioritizing adding a wing shooter to the class.
What this means: Pierce isn’t coming to the Big Ten, but the Illini will play against one of his top targets in the near future through the annual Braggin’ Rights Game against Mizzou. Pierce is another sign that Missouri’s freshman coach Denis Gates, a longtime scout at Florida State, can bring talent to Columbia. He signed the top 60 on the wing Aidan Shaw last spring with global transfer No. 7 Isiah Mosley.
Chicago Kenwood three-star defensive back Kahlil Tate signed at Iowa on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back picked Iowa over Wisconsin, Purdue and many others, including Illinois.
- According to industry-generated composite rankings, Tate is the No. 613 overall prospect in the Class of 2023 and the No. 10 senior prospect at Illinois State.
Why is this important: Illinois had recruited Tate for a while but didn’t offer him until April. Iowa, which has produced six NFL draft picks in its high school over the past six years, impressed Tate on his official visit to defeat Wisconsin. Tate is the third Illinois native to commit to Iowa in the Class of 2023, joining the three-star cornerback John Nestor and three-star offensive lineman Canon Leonard.
Tate told Allen Trieu of 247Sports: “For me it was really the constant recruiting, and when I did the official visit I went there and enjoyed the interaction I had with the players and the coaches. For my parents, as I mentioned with me, it was also the constant recruiting. They want me to be in a place where I feel comfortable, they know that cares about me and when the coach- chief comes to visit the school like Coach Ferentz did it shows a lot then the many times they came here or when we stayed there they treated us like superstars and that is what made my parents feel comfortable knowing their son would be there without them.”
Top 30 In-State Class of 2023 Prospects Hired by University (Composite Rankings)
- Wisconsin: 5
- Illinois: 4
- Northwest: 4
- Michigan: 2
- Iowa: 2
- Notre Dame: 1
- Missouri: 1
- Minnesota: 1
- Arkansas: 1
- Iowa State: 1
Illinois basketball offered four-star Class of 2023 center Papa Kante on Tuesday, Andrew Slater reports. The 6-foot-10 center from South Kent, Connecticut is currently ranked No. 116 overall prospect for the Class of 2023 and No. 15 center, according to industry-generated composite rankings.
- Kante averaged 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game for NY Renaissance during the EYBL session at Kansas City.
What this means: Illinois joins the fray late here, but clearly thinks Kante is worth it. Kante has already made official visits to Maryland, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
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