Chicago Curie senior power forward Cliff Alexander, the No. 3-ranked prospect in the ESPN 100, tweeted Monday that his top five schools, in no particular order, are Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, Kansas and Memphis.
Illinois assistant coach Jamall Walker has received a two-game tournament suspension and a public reprimand from the Division I men's basketball committee for his misconduct following the Illini's loss to Miami in the NCAA tournament last season.
Illinois announced a one-year contract extension and salary raise for men's basketball coach John Groce on Saturday. The contract would keep Groce with the Illini through the 2017-18 season and raise his annual salary by $200,000 to $1.6 million.
Illinois coach John Groce has continued to recruit Chicago Simeon Career Academy forward Jabari Parker, the nation's No. 1 senior, and the Illini could still be considered, according to Parker's father and Simeon's coach on Monday.