Chester Frazier (#3) is rejoining the Illini as a graduate assistant, Kevin Berardini (#3) is walking on and the Big Ten basketball schedule was announced last week.

Sunday Morning: Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball News for August 22-28


AUGUST 29TH UPDATE: Scratch that opening statement. It’s been a very difficult week for the Illini, with the latest news the absolute worst of all. According to the Chicago Tribune, the younger brother of 2011 Illinois basketball recruit Mycheal Henry was shot and killed last night. Only 15 years old, Darrell McKinney was killed at a block party by gunfire that was not intended for him. Talk about senseless violence that makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with people! McKinney was entering his sophomore year at Orr High School, where his brother Mycheal will be a senior. Condolences to the McKinney/Henry families on this tragic news.

Safe to say that the Illinois men’s basketball team had a much better week than the football team, which was decimated by injuries to Terry Hawthorne, Supo Sanni and Zach Becker and the dismissal of Walt Aikens from the university.

Back on campus for the new school year, the Illini basketball team added someone new (walk-on Kevin Berardini) and old (former point guard and new graduate assistant Chester Frazier), got a first look at its Big Ten Conference schedule, and was praised by head coach Bruce Weber.

BASKETBALL NEWS ON WRITING ILLINI THIS WEEK

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL SUMMER SCHOOL: SOPHOMORE D.J. RICHARDSON, PART I

SOME EARLY PREDICTIONS ON THE FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL BIG TEN SCHEDULE

ILLINI BASKETBALL PLAYER NEWS

#3 Brandon Paul and #42 Tyler Griffey

Some more stories on Brandon and Tyler’s most excellent adventure in Europe.

BRANDON PAUL TALKS ABOUT PLAYING THE POINT IN EUROPE

BRANDON PAUL IMPROVES BALL HANDLING ON TRIP

PRICE, PAUL, GRIFFEY HAVE GOOD EUROPE TRIP

TYLER GRIFFEY ENJOYS ANOTHER TRIP TO EUROPE

EUROPEAN TRIP EXPANDS HORIZONS FOR GRIFFEY, PAUL

TYLER GRIFFEY’S LONDON BLOG POST

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: A EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE

#4 Crandall Head

After missing his senior season at Rich South with a knee injury, heralded freshman recruit Crandall Head has impressed Weber during individual workouts.

CRANDALL HEAD’S FIRST DAY

Walk-on Guard Kevin Berardini

The Illini now field a 12-man roster with the addition of walk-on guard Kevin Berardini, who played in high school at Lake Forest with Michigan’s Matt Vogrich and spent one year at Loyola-Marymount.

ILLINI ADD WALK-ON GUARD KEVIN BERARDINI

ILLINI COACHING NEWS

Head Coach Bruce Weber

Weber thinks that his Illinois team could be “very, very good” this season.

WEBER OPTIMISTIC THAT ILLINI COULD BE ‘VERY, VERY GOOD’

Graduate Assistant Chester Frazier

File this one under “just a matter of time,” as popular former Illini point guard Chester Frazier has rejoined the program as a graduate assistant.

CHESTER FRAZIER JOINS ILLINI STAFF AS GRAD ASSISTANT

ILLINOIS LUCKY TO HAVE FRAZIER BACK

CHESTER FRAZIER: HIS FATHER’S SON (MUST-READ)

FRAZIER: ‘I LIKE IT HERE’

CHESTER FRAZIER HAPPY TO BE BACK AT UI

FRAZIER RETURNS TO ILLINOIS, JOINS MEN’S BASKETBALL STAFF

FORMER GUARD FRAZIER JOINS COACHING STAFF

FEISTY FRAZIER REJOINS ILLINI BASKETBALL AS GRADUATE ASSISTANT

CHESTER FRAZIER RETURNS TO ILLINI HOOPS AS GRAD ASSISTANT

CHESTER FRAZIER LOOKS TO MAKE IMPACT ON ILLINI EVEN THOUGH HE CAN’T COACH

FRAZIER COMES BACK TO ILLINI BASKETBALL

FRAZIER’S RETURN MARKS FURTHER EVOLUTION OF FAMILY, SWAGGER

ILLINI BASKETBALL SCHEDULING NEWS

After much anticipation, Illinois’ complete conference schedule was released on Thursday, with the Illini facing heavyweights Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin and every other Big Ten team with the exception of Michigan and Minnesota twice.

BIG TEN ANNOUNCES 2010-2011 MEN’S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

ILLINI BASKETBALL SCHEDULE RELEASED

ILLINI UNVEIL TOUGH BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FINALIZED

CHALLENGING SCHEDULE AWAITS ILLINI

ILLINI OPEN BIG TEN SCHEDULE AT IOWA

SECOND HALF OF ILLINI SCHEDULE IS A TOUGH ONE

ILLINI BASKETBALL TEAM HAS STRENGTH IN SCHEDULE

FORMER ILLINI PLAYER NEWS

#34 Brian Johnson

Lucas’ older brother, a member of Illinois’ 1998 co-Big Ten championship team, recently celebrated a birthday.

HAPPY 35TH, BRIAN JOHNSON

#13 Jeff Jordan

The privileged Jordan brothers — Jeff and Marcus — apparently went wild in Las Vegas last weekend,  stirring up some controversy in the progress.

GAMING BOARD PROBES MARCUS JORDAN’S VEGAS TRIP

MARCUS JORDAN CALL VEGAS TWEET ‘MISTAKE’

ILLINI RECRUITING NEWS

Mycheal Henry

The News Gazette’s recruiting blogger Cody Westerlund got some more information on Illini Class of 2011 verbal commitment Mycheal Henry, a sharp-shooting wing at Chicago’s Orr High School.

MYCHEAL HENRY: COOL CUSTOMER

Chasson Randle

Westerlund also tracked down the progress of Illini recruit and Rock Island standout Chasson Randle, who has Illinois, Purdue and Standford in his final three.

CHASSON RANDLE: HE’LL FIT IN

Mike Shaw

Illinois Prep Bulls-eye provides more details on the recruitment of De La Salle forward Mike Shaw, whom Illinois, DePaul, Marquette and other schools have offered scholarships to.

HOME VISITS COULD BE CRITICAL IN MIKE SHAW’S RECRUITMENT

Class of 2012

ESPNU came out with its top 60 players in the class of 2012, with no players from the state of Illinois listed.

ESPNU SUPER 60 FOR 2012

Basil Smotherman

Already loaded with prep stars in the class of 2012, the state of Indiana also has some intriguing prospects for 2013, with Basil Smotherman another name to keep tabs on.

SMOTHERMAN JUST BEGINNING TO TAP POTENTIAL

BIG TEN/COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

Early last week, the News Gazette’s Paul Klee broke down the basketball prospects of all 11 Big Ten teams.

NO. 1: MICHIGAN STATE

NO. 2: PURDUE

NO. 3: OHIO STATE

NO. 4: ILLLINOIS

NO. 5: WISCONSIN

NO. 6: MINNESOTA

NO. 7: PENN STATE

NO. 8: NORTHWESTERN

NO. 9: INDIANA

NO. 10: MICHIGAN

NO. 11: IOWA

Here’s a look at Michigan State’s conference schedule and new uniforms.

MICHIGAN STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES 2010-2011 SCHEDULE

New Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is rebuilding the Cyclones via Big Ten transfers like former Michigan State guard Chris Allen, Penn State guard Chris Babb and Minnesota recruit Royce White.

ALLEN STARTS OVER AT IOWA STATE

Speaking of the state of Iowa, here some details on new Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery’s contract.

IOWA RELEASES DETAILS ON MCCAFFERY’S CONTRACT

UIC hired former Wisconsin player and assistant Howard Moore as its new head coach, and the Chicago Public Schools’ product is ready to get the Flames going.

HOWARD MOORE READY FOR UIC CHALLENGE

And to finish this week’s “Sunday Morning” on a touching note, learn more about new UIC forward Paul Carter, who transferred from Minnesota to be closer to his younger sister Bria, an inspiring 14-year-old who is courageously battling bone cancer. Trust me, you’ll want to read this piece.

CARTER’S TRANSFER TO UIC ALL ABOUT FAMILY (MUST READ)

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