Illinois basketball early 2024 transfer portal wish list

The transfer portal is heating up, and the Illinois basketball team has been extremely active in trying to build next year's roster.

Mar 20, 2024; Omaha, NE, USA;  Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Brad Underwood talks to the media
Mar 20, 2024; Omaha, NE, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Brad Underwood talks to the media / Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Greg Gordon – Iona Gaels

A lot of talent is leaving the Illinois basketball program after this season, and the talent that is departing had decent size. The fact every Illinois starter is at least 6-foot-6 is incredible. We need to add some guard talent that has size as well.

I think that is where Greg Gordon could come into play. He is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing who is from Chicago, Illinois but played his high school basketball in Coral Springs, Florida. He wasn’t rated or ranked coming out of high school, so he landed with Dyersburg State Community College in Tennessee.

Gordon spent two years at Dyersburg State CC before transferring to Iona this past season. With the Gaels, he averaged 16.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 assists per game.

According to The Portal Report, Illinois is one of the many programs to show interest in the talented wing. Gordon could be an asset to this program, and the Illini coaching staff sees that opportunity.

Illinois has been getting to the rim a lot lately. While we want to shoot the three-point shot, the fact we can get to the rim and finish has helped propel the program to great heights. That is what I see Gordon doing for Illinois.

Gordon is more of a slasher rather than a perimeter shooter. He is someone who could help break a zone defense. I would put Gordon out at the No. 3 spot on the floor. While he won’t space well, he can break a defense down by having them collapse on him while he drives to the bucket. That would leave a wide-open three-point shooter.