Posted May 04, 2012 on
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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 7.5 rebounds a game.
First-year Illini coach John Groce says McLaurin should help Illinois' front-court depth. The early departure of 7-1 center Meyers Leonard to the NBA draft left the Illini short on experienced big men.
Illinois has now signed graduate transfers in two straight seasons. Guard Sam Maniscalco joined the Illini last season after graduating from Bradley.
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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.
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.
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