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Mike LaTulip will redshirt the 2015-16 season

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The Illinois walk-on will redshirt the upcoming season.

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According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, Illinois senior Mike LaTulip will redshirt the 2015-16 season. LaTulip, who's expected to graduate next May, was promoted from walk-on to scholarship player in January. While receiving extremely limited playing time (about 2.6 MPG), the 6'1 guard shot 46.2% from the field and 44.4% from behind the arch.

LaTulip, obviously, had a scholarship for the second semester, but it's unlikely that he'll be retaining it going forward; the reason he was 'promoted' in the first place was because Illinois didn't fill the final roster spot with a mid-year transfer. You can click here for a more detailed look at Illinois' scholarship situation.

This news comes as somewhat of a surprise, but it makes complete sense for LaTulip. After graduating, he could potentially transfer to another program where he'd be immediately eligible for a fifth season.

UPDATE:

It appears that LaTulip will, indeed, transfer after the upcoming season.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illini?src=hash">#illini</a> Groce on LaTulip: &quot;Mike and I have had numerous discussions about this and I fully support his decision.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) <a href="https://twitter.com/WernerESPNCU/status/610572201490825216">June 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illini?src=hash">#illini</a> Groce: &quot;We will help Mike find the best fit to finish his career as he earns a world-class University of Illinois degree.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) <a href="https://twitter.com/WernerESPNCU/status/610572398178488321">June 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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