Top 10 most painful Illinois basketball transfer portal departures of all time

While it is amplified in today's game, the transfer portal has always had its grip on the Illinois basketball team
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7. Myke Henry

Bruce Weber had some talented classes on paper to start the 2010s. In the class of 2011, he was able to land a group of players who were supposed to take Illinois over the top. Myke Henry was a part of these talented newcomers.

Henry was a four-star recruit who was ranked as the No. 58 player in the class of 2011. He was also the No. 13 small forward in the country and the No. 7 player coming out of Illinois.

Coming out of Orr High School in Chicago, Henry had numerous teams vying for him to come play for their program, but he ended up staying home and picking the Illini.

Henry lasted two seasons with Illinois. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game during his time in Champaign. In the middle of those two seasons, Illinois went through a coaching change. So, I have to give Henry credit for sticking around through that turmoil.

After his sophomore season, Henry decided to transfer out. He ended up staying in-state and committing to DePaul. Henry went off in the two seasons with the Blue Demons. In the two seasons he was with DePaul, Henry averaged 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.

I can’t help but think about the struggles Illinois went through after Henry left. Illinois stopped making NCAA tournament appearances, and if he was on the roster, who knows if that would have helped get the Illini off the bubble and into the postseason.