Over the next week, we'll be taking a closer look at Illinois basketball's updated career leaders in major statistical categories to see if any members of the current roster can etch their names into the record books. Today's post will look at the All-Time Career Scoring List.
There weren't any additions to Illinois' top scorers during the 2015-16 season. However, soon-to-be senior Malcolm Hill (1,243 points) is poised to rocket up the board this Winter. Here's a closer look at where things currently stand.
Illinois Basketball's All-Time Scoring Leaders
Apologies in advance for any errors in the yearly distributions. That was difficult to figure out for the old-timers that played three seasons. Also had to combine a few years for the players that redshirted. If you happen to spot any inaccuracies, let us know down in the comments!
Illini who could crack the Top 25 next season
Barring an injury during his senior season, Malcolm Hill will end up near the top of the career scoring list. If he's able to replicate his incredible 2015-16 campaign, Dee Brown's mark of 1,812 points is well within striking distance. But let's say Hill averages a more conservative 15.0 PPG next season (down from 18.1 PPG) to account for what will hopefully be a more balanced offense. In that scenario, he'd still crack the top-five rather comfortably depending on how many games the team plays.
Then there's Kendrick Nunn. Assuming he's still on the team next year, the sharpshooter will probably end up in the range of 1,350-1,500 career points (somewhere around No. 15 all-time). Say what you want about the overall impact of the 2013 recruiting class, but that group is on the verge of producing two of the top scorers in program history.
Future Top 25 Candidates
Two underclassmen immediately come to mind here. Jalen Coleman-Lands (350 points) and Michael Finke (248 points) exploded onto the scene during their freshman seasons, and their roles will only grow in coming years. Those point totals will likely see pretty sizable increases with more playing time and good health.