Posted May 03, 2012 on
The Fighting Illini basketball team needed a quick fix for this next season due to the decision of Meyers Leonard to turn pro. Today it received good news when Coastal Carolina's Sam McLaurin confirmed he will transfer for his final season of eligibility.

Illinois adds McLaurin from Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina forward Sam McLaurin will transfer to Illinois after his graduation this month. In a news release Friday, Illinois says the 6-8, 230-pound McLaurin will enroll as a graduate student and has one season of eligibility left. Under NCAA rules, he'll be able to play next season. McLaurin started 31 games for the Chanticleers last season. He averaged 10 points and...

Illini add big man in transfer Sam McLaurin

New University of Illinois head coach John Groce got his second recruit today. The Illini announced today Coastal Carolina’s Sam McLaurin has signed a tender of financial aid and will transfer to Illinois for his final season of eligibility upon earning his bachelor’s degree in May. Because he will be enrolled as a graduate student at Illinois majoring in a major that Coastal...

2014 Bates-Diop Continues To Expand Game

Fighting Illini basketball coaches have been contacting numerous high school and AAU programs to develop relationships and enhance recruiting efforts. One recent stop was at the Normal University High School home of Keita Bates-Diop, a 2014 small forward who is continuing to grow and improve.

Football Recruiting Aided By Extra Staff

How did the Fighting Illini football program ever survive without a Director of Player Personnel? He has myriad essential tasks to handle daily, tasks that either were piled onto the assistant coach named recruiting coordinator or simply not performed previously. Every program needs a detail guy to help organize and coordinate recruiting, and Paul Nichols is that man.

Director Of Player Personnel Vital Addition

The Fighting Illini football team added a new position to its staff this year. The Director of Player Personnel has an essential role to play, especially in recruiting. Paul Nichols followed head coach Tim Beckman to Illinois, and he's scarcely had time to take a breath since. He talks about his transition to a new position in the first of a three part interview.
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