Of the 14 players currently on the Illini basketball roster, 10 have never played a game as an Illini before. With 10 brand-new faces hitting the Assembly Hall (Er, State Farm Center) this year, it’s going to take a while to get to know all of the news guys.
But hey, I’m here for you.
Returning players include junior Tracy Abrams, junior Nnanna Egwu, senior Joseph Bertrand and sophomore Mike LaTulip. Rayvonte Rice’s face may be familiar from the bench last year (in part due to some great stylish bench-sitting outfits), but this year the Drake transfer will actually get to suit up and play.
In the next few weeks, I’ll introduce you to the new guys one by one in alphabetical order so no one gets jealous, even if I already do have favorites (hint I love the number 24). That way when they take the court starting at the end of October you’re not completely and utterly confused.
Here are the newbies – along with jersey numbers and a quick hit – in the order that their “Getting to know the new guys” mini feature will be unveiled.
#31 Austin Colbert – Freshman
#11 Aaron Cosby – Jr. transfer from Seton Hall will sit out a year
#33 Jon Ekey – Grad student from ISU won’t have to sit out
#21 Malcolm Hill – Freshman
#22 Maverick Morgan – Freshman
#25 Kendrick Nunn – Freshman
#35 Darius Paul – Transfer soph from W. Michigan, Brandon’s bro will sit out a year
#24 Rayvonte Rice – Jr. transfer from Drake sat out last year will play this year
#3 Ahmad Starks – Sr. transfer from Oregon State may have to sit out a year depending on if his waiver transfer is granted
#1 Jaylon Tate – Freshman
Stay tuned for the first in the series: Austin Colbert!!