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2016 PG Byrce Aiken cuts list to 6 schools

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According to Adam Zagoria, 2016 point guard Bryce Aiken has cut his list to Illinois, Miami, USC, Harvard, Michigan, and Seton Hall. The 5'9 New Jersey native is rated as a four-star recruit (No. 83) overall by 247Sports.

Illinois' priorities at this position appear to be Charlie Moore (IL) and Xavier Simpson (OH), but Aiken is giving the program a serious look. Hopefully John Groce will be able to get him on campus sometime in the next month or so.

ESPN College Gameday Tease

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Don't get your hopes up.

Don't get your hopes up.

Don't get your hopes up.

Damnit--it's too late.

Illinois Football Scholarship Letter: 2016 edition

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Have you ever wondered what an Illinois scholarship offer looks like? Well today is your lucky day. 2016 defensive lineman Antonio Shelton just tweeted a picture of the message he received from the coaching staff.

Sunday was the first day that programs could officially offer scholarships to players in the 2016 class, so high school recruits from across the country have been posting similar images over the past 24 hours.

To see some designs from other schools, click here.

Illinois named nation's No. 1 party school

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The Princeton Review has named the University of Illinois the No. 1 party school in the nation. The school has consistently placed in the top five over the past several years, but this is the first time they've topped the list.

Of course, the school isn't too thrilled about being associated with #fun things. University spokeswoman Robin Kaler told the Chicago Tribune that she was bothered by the ranking.

"[The students] are serious, they are hard-working, and to try to present them as being somehow irresponsible is insulting," she said Monday.

For more, check out the above story from SB Nation.

Week 1 College Gameday heading to Wisconsin/Alabama

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Should've picked Champaign for Illinois/Kent State, IMO.

Illinois offers scholarship to 2018 PG Courtney Ramey

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Illinois has offered a scholarship to 2018 point guard Courtney Ramey. The St. Louis area prospect is in Champaign on Sunday for an unofficial visit.

Coaches from Mizzou, Iowa, and St. Louis were also scouting the 6'1 guard during the evaluation periods this Summer.

Xavier Simpson cuts list to 7 schools

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Four-star 2016 point guard Xavier Simpson (OH) has narrowed his list to Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Xavier, Iowa State, VCU, and Pittsburgh. It was rumored that the 5'11 guard was down to six schools, but he's evidently cut Texas Tech while adding the Boilermakers and Rams.

Simpson will be taking his first visit to Ames, IA to check out the Cyclones and he's also looking to visit Illinois and Iowa in August.

For more on the program's targets, check out our Illinois Basketball Recruiting Board.

No Illini in USA Today's Top 50 College Basketball Players

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No Illini made USA Today's Top 50 College Basketball Players this year. However, Kris Dunn (Providence) came in 4th, and George Niang (Iowa State) came in 6th. Illinois could face both Providence and Iowa State in the non conference season.

State Farm Center Renovations: July Photo Gallery

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Check out the latest pictures of the State Farm Center renovations!

Illinois offers scholarship to 2017 PG Trent Frazier

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Illinois Basketball has offered a scholarship to three-star point guard Trent Frazier. The Florida native also holds offers from Baylor and Middle Tennessee State, among others.

For more, check out our Illinois Basketball Recruiting Board.