The Illini got good news on Tuesday night when they found out that Jon Ekey would be transferring into the programfrom Illinois State, but it's starting to look like John Groce is going to miss out on another of his transfer targets.
Tulane's Josh Davis was a player the Illini were interested in, and just last week it was reported that Illinois was one of the final four schools Davis was considering. Well, things can change in a week.
According to Davis' high school coach, Illinois is no longer in the running.
"I just got off the phone with Sean Miller, the head coach at Arizona. They are the newest team to make a push for Josh," Robert Lee Clemons told Panther247.com. "Right now I would say Pitt, Gonzaga, Temple, Maryland and Arizona are the main teams in consideration for Josh' services."
You'll notice Pitt, Gonzaga, Temple, Maryland and Arizona are not Illinois. Both Pitt and Gonzaga were listed in Davis' final four last week, so Temple, Maryland and Arizona are all new. Iowa State was also dropped from his list too, apparently.
All that matters to us, though, is that it doesn't look like Josh will be coming here at this point, which is a shame because he's certainly a player we could have used. However, the addition of Ekey will help bring depth, experience and athleticism to the team next season. It's also important to remember that the Illini do still have a scholarship to play with for next season, so it's still possible another fifth-year transfer could be making his way into the program.
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