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Alan Griffin enters the transfer portal

The Illini guard is leaving after two seasons.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Northwestern David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Sophomore wing Alan Griffin announced his intention to enter the transfer portal via his personal Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

The news come as a bit of shock for Illini fans as Griffin played himself into the starting rotation in multiple games and picked up a large part of the scoring load down the stretch.

The Ossining, New York, native and former three-star prospect spent two season in Champaign and averaged 18 minutes, 8.9 points, and 4.5 rebounds per game while leading the team with a 41.6 shooting percentage behind the arc.

He posted a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 6-of-8 from deep in a win at Northwestern on Feb. 27. Griffin likely would’ve seen an increased role in the rotation next season with Ayo Dosunmu potentially leaving for the NBA Draft, but it’s hard to say with transfer wings Austin Hutcherson and Jacob Grandison regaining their eligibility and top-30 recruit Adam Miller joining the program.

Griffin is the first Illinois Basketball player to announce their decision to leave the program this offseason.