Could an Illinois-St. John's "home and home" be scheduled in the future? Illini head coach Bruce Weber discussed the possibily of facing former Purdue assistant and new St. John's head coach Steve Lavin (pictured with Louie Carnesecca) earlier this week.

Sunday Morning: Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball Headlines for Sept. 19-25

With the official start of the season arriving on October 15th with Illini Madness, the Illinois basketball team has been participating in 2 hours of practice and 6 hours of conditioning each week since September 15th, as allowed by NCAA rules

This week’s basketball wrap details how the Illinois players performed during their timed miles, examines the early progress of freshmen Crandall Head and Meyers Leonard, updates the recruitments of Chasson Randle and Mike Shaw, and provides much more information on the Fighting Illini basketball program.

CURRENT ILLINI BASKETBALL PLAYER NEWS

#1 D.J. Richardson, Sophomore Guard

Last Sunday, Richardson finished first in the team’s timed mile, registering an impressive time of 5:05, a school record in the Bruce Weber era.

KLEE’S CORNER: MILE RUN REVEALING FOR ILLINI

D.J. RICHARDSON EXCITED ABOUT COMING SEASON (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

#4 Crandall Head, Freshman Guard/Forward

According to a couple members of the Illinois coaching staff, heralded freshman Crandall Head has been giving the best effort of all Illini perimeter players during workout, a great sign for Luther younger’s brother but hopefully not an indictment of the other wing players on the team.

KLEE’S CORNER: CRANDALL HEAD IMPACTING ILILNI WITH EFFORT

#12 Meyers Leonard, Freshman Center

After dropping a barbell on his finger that would require nine stitches, promising freshman center Meyers Leonard returned to contact drills this past Wednesday.

KLEE’S CORNER: CLASS IN SESSION FOR MEYERS LEONARD

#22 Jereme Richmond, Freshman Forward

The News Gazette’s Paul Klee has been very impressed with freshman Jereme Richmond throughout the summer and early fall workouts, saying that Richmond should start and adding in last Wednesday’s weekly basketball chat that Illini head coach Bruce Weber should name the Waukegan High School product a team captain.

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL CHAT: RICHMOND SHOULD BE TEAM CAPTAIN

#42 Tyler Griffey, Sophomore Forward

Hoop Vision has Illini sophomore forward Tyler Griffey listed third on its list of potential breakout players in the Big Ten during the 2010-2011 season, behind Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson. As detailed above, the Illini also ran their timed miles last Sunday, with Griffey finishing second (5:19) to fellow sophomore Richardson (5:05). That’s not bad for a big man but hardly surprising for Griffey, who is becoming one of the best athletes on the Illinois team.

TYLER GRIFFEY: BREAKOUT PLAYER?

HOOPS SQUAD RAN TIMED MILE TODAY

#54 Mike Tisdale, Senior Center

Rivals.com listed Tisdale at #44 in its Preseason Top 50 players of 2010-2011, with the rankings continuing to be released in the coming weeks. We’ll see where Illini senior guard Demetri McCamey stacks up according to Rivals. Especially interesting, Tisdale was ranked ahead of Michigan State’s Draymond Green (#45) and Penn State’s Talor Battle (#47). I’m not so sure about that.

No. 44: Illinois C Mike Tisdale

ILLINI BASKETBALL COACHING NEWS

Head Coach Bruce Weber

Along with BYU head coach David Rose and George Mason’s Jim Larranaga, Weber will head to Washington, D.C. this coming week to speak with Congress about the need for more cancer research.

WEBER TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS ABOUT NEED FOR MORE CANCER RESEARCH

DAVID ROSE OFFERS A BIT OF COACHING FRESH AIR

In a conversation with Klee, Weber indicated that the Illini would be interesting in looking at a possible home-and-home series against St. John’s, which is now coached by former UCLA head coach and ESPN commentator Steve Lavin. Weber and Lavin were assistants together at Purdue and remain good friends. Weber indicated that the possible St. John’s-Illinois series could take place at Madison Square Garden one year and then the United Center the following season.

KLEE’S CORNER: ST. JOHN’S, ILLINI 7-FOOTERS, COACHES CLINIC

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL TEAM NEWS

With the football team enjoying a bye week, the Herald Review’s Mark Tupper started to hype the much-talked-about basketball season, answering some important questions for fans.

ILLINI HOOPS ON THE HORIZON

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL RECRUITING NEWS

John Supinie wrote an interesting article on the recruitments of Randle and Shaw, both of whom are pondering Illini scholarship offers. Randle, who visited Purdue this weekend, was quoted in the story as saying that “I don’t want to make a decision and end up transferring.” In the case of Randle and Shaw, it looks like Illinois’ depth could be a major hang-up in terms of choosing the Illini, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m not sure what Randle will do (Stanford scares me a bit) but am pretty confident that Shaw will choose DePaul or West Virginia instead of Illinois.

ILLINI RECRUITS RANDLE, SHAW TAKING THEIR TIME ON COLLEGE DECISIONS

CHASSON RANDLE UPDATE

As for the Class of 2011, here are some updated rankings on Illinois verbal commitments Mycheal Henry (#56) and Tracy Abrams (#60). Nnanna Egwu is not included in the top 100 of this list. As for possible 2011 recruits, Shaw is listed at #50 and Randle at #64.

RSCI TOP 100 – SUMMER – CLASS OF 2011

Whatever happens with Shaw, Randle and Iowa’s Josh Oglesby, Illinois is still looking ahead, continuing to offer early scholarship offers to promising prep players before the big-time programs really come calling. Just this week, Illinois offered scholarships to talented Whitney Young freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Paul White, both of whom will graduate high school in 2014.

ILLINI OFFER YOUNG PAIR IN OKAFOR AND WHITE

As for the Class of 2013, Illinois is really interested in Whitney Young sophomore Tommie Hamilton Jr. and Simeon sophomore Jabari Parker, with the former seeming more of a realistic shot than the latter.

JABARI PARKER EXPLODES ON AAU CIRCUIT (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

As for the Class of 2012, Illinois has spent a lot of time working hard in the state of Indiana, which reportedly is loaded with big-time talent. The Illini have offered scholarships to several Indiana high school players, including DeJuan Marrero of Bowman Academy.

DEJUAN MARRERO UPDATE

Collin Hartman is another Indiana prep player who is starting to generate more buzz, though I had never heard of him until this week.

INDY SOPHOMORE COLLIN HARTMAN DRAWING SOME ATTENTION

BIG TEN/COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

Jason King of Yahoo! Sports has the Big Ten as the best basketball conference in America this upcoming season, with Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois and Wisconsin looking like NCAA Tournament squads and Minnesota and Northwestern bubble teams.

PRESEASON COLLEGE HOOPS POWER RANKINGS

In its Big Ten Season Preview, Slam has Illinois finishing second, behind Purdue but ahead of Michigan State and Ohio State.

SLAM: BIG TEN SEASON PREVIEW

The News Gazette’s Loren Tate continues to provide a history lesson on Bruce Pearl while some national college basketball writers weigh in on the subject.

ON THE ILLINI, GENE KEADY AND BRUCE PEARL

FACING UNCERTAIN FUTURE WITH VOLS, CONTRITE PEARL HOPES FOR THE BEST

PEARL’S JOB PROTECTED BY CONTRACT

Alright.

I hope to finish up the Illinois Basketball Summer School series on Brandon Paul sometime this week and then wrap up Tyler Griffey before Illini Madness.

Until then.

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