The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is quickly approaching, and former Illinois basketball players are assembling a solid team.
From the inception of TBT, I have always wanted an Illinois team to get in. We have had some amazing players over the years, and having all of them come together would be fun to see. That time has finally come and the Illini have put a team together.
House of ‘Paign is the clever name of the Orange and Blue squad. The most recent addition to the team was Michael Finke on Friday afternoon.
Finke suited up for the Illini for three years and finished as a graduate transfer at Grand Canyon. He was a solid No. 4 who played as a No. 5 during his time with Illinois. For his career in Champaign, he ended up averaging 8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Roster Announcement #6️⃣
We’re pumped to add Michael Finke (@Finke_Michael ) to the roster! The Champaign-product gives us additional size & shooting. He’s enjoyed a fantastic start to his professional career and is ready to wear the 🔸🔹 again! #Illini pic.twitter.com/5xt1xCGGyJ
— House of ‘Paign (@IlliniTBT) May 15, 2020
The addition of Finke gives the House of ‘Paign of some size. He joins a talented crew of the best players over the last decade. The other members of the team include Andres Feliz, Leron Black, Ravyonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu and Malcolm Hill. They will be coached by Mike LaTulip.
House of ‘Paign now has six players suiting up for them, but what combination would be the best to start?
I think Feliz has to be the starter at the No. 1 spot. I would then make Rice my No. 2 guard. Hill would be at the No. 3. Black would then fit in at the No. 4. The final piece would be Egwu at the No. 5. Finke would then come off the bench to give the Illini a mismatch against the other teams.
This is going to be an interesting team to watch. They seem like they could be decent considering it is a collection of the best players Illinois has had during the John Groce era, plus Feliz. Come July, it wouldn’t shock me to see this team do some damage.