Welcome to the TCR discussion thread for June 20! Yesterday’s Illinois-related news has been compiled below, along with some other links from the wide world of sports. If another topic catches your eye on Tuesday, feel free to post about it in the comments!
Illinois Basketball Recruiting
- 2018 four-star point guard Ayo Dosunmu (IL) will take an unofficial visit to Champaign today. The 6-foot-4 Chicago native is rated as the No. 27 overall player in the country by 247Sports. Dosunmu has also scheduled a visit to Northwestern for next Tuesday, June 26.
- 2018 four-star wing Talen Horton-Tucker (IL) has scheduled six visits, including one to Illinois on June 21. The Simeon product will also check out Northwestern, St. Louis, Purdue, Ohio State, and Xavier.
- 2018 center George Conditt (IL) received scholarship offers from Washington and St. Louis on Monday. The Fighting Illini became the first high-major offer for the 6-foot-11 big man back on June 3.
- 2018 small forward Alan Griffin (NY) took an unofficial visit to Illinois on Sunday.
Illinois Football Recruiting
- Illinois commit and three-star quarterback Coran Taylor (IL) picked up a scholarship offer from Northern Illinois on Monday. I don’t think that’s anything to get worked up over, but considering the Orange and Blue are still recruiting other players at the position, that’s something worth keeping an eye on.
Illinois Olympic Sports
- Illinois Volleyball has announced time changes to the Saturday, September 9th matches of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge at Huff Hall this fall. The Illini will now face Colorado at 2:30 p.m. CT, before Stanford and Penn State face off at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening.
- Josh Whitman announced Monday the hiring of Lee Zerrusen as Director of Varsity "I", the engagement program for former Fighting Illini student-athletes. Zerrusen represented the Orange and Blue on the mound as a pitcher for the baseball program from 2007-11.
Miscellaneous News & Notes
- Missouri basketball freshman Jeremiah Tilmon was arrested around 1:40am on Monday morning for possession of alcohol by a minor. The former Illinois signee was pulled over for failing to stay in a single lane, and a sobriety test determined there was alcohol in his system. Luckily for Tilmon, the amount was below the mark for intoxicated driving.
- The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics in exchange for the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019. The 76ers plan to select former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.
- With the Boston Celtics moving down in the NBA Draft, there’s rampant speculation that they’ve accumulated assets for a potential trade with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler. Several other teams — including the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns — are also rumored to be involved with trade offers.