No. 2 Guard
Starter: Terrence Shannon Jr.
I think most of the starting jobs are pretty set in stone right now. The No. 2 guard spot should be going to incoming transfer, Terrence Shannon Jr. He is coming into the Illinois program with a ton of experience and ability, and this should excite Illini Nation.
Shannon averaged 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists last season with Texas Tech. He also made it to the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons. In those two trips, Shannon got to the second round two years ago and the Sweet 16 this past campaign. Illinois is now getting that experience and knowledge of winning.
Backup: Luke Goode
Illinois was able to pull in some great transfers from the portal this offseason. That is the only reason Luke Goode won’t be starting. With that being said, I still think Goode gets a ton of minutes at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
When Goode was on the floor last season, he hustled and was a spark plug for the program. He clearly has the ability to knock down shots, and I think that will shine through during his sophomore campaign. Next season, look for Goode to be a starter, but I think he is one of the best players off the bench who will get 15-22 minutes per game this year.
Backup: Sencire Harris
It is going to be hard for Sencire Harris to get too many minutes this season due to the depth Illinois has on the roster. He is a four-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 105 player in the class of 2022, but that talent will have to wait a season. This year should be about Harris developing his game and getting ready for next season.