51 Illinois players on 2016 NCAA Tournament rosters


51 Illinois players on 2016 NCAA Tournament rosters

For the third consecutive year, the state of Illinois will not be represented by any teams during March Madness. Men's college basketball has been on a drought getting teams into the field of 64 the past few years, but there are still plenty of high school players from Illinois making up NCAA tournament rosters.
The 2016 NCAA tournament features 51 players who spent time playing high school basketball in Illinois and players from the Land of Lincoln are still finding plenty of success in the tournament. Since Florida won back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007, seven of the last eight NCAA champions have featured a key player on the roster from the Chicagoland area. Only UConn in 2011 was without an area player, but local stars such as Sherron Collins (Kansas, Crane), Bobby Frasor (North Carolina, Brother Rice), Jon Scheyer (Duke, Glenbrook North), Anthony Davis (Kentucky, Perspectives/MSA), Wayne Blackshear (Louisville/Morgan Park), Ryan Boatright (UConn/East Aurora) and Jahlil Okafor (Duke/Whitney Young) have won titles over the past few years.
Here's a look at the 51 Illinois prep players appearing on NCAA tournament rosters and how they fared this season. For more CSN coverage of the 2016 NCAA tournament, be sure to check out Chris Boden's "Sad State" series on SportsNet Central this week. The four-part series began airing on Sunday night and runs through Wednesday night on the 10:30 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central.  

  • Jalen Brunson, Villanova (Stevenson) — The former Illinois Mr. Basketball is a key piece for Villanova as a freshman, averaging 9.9 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. 
  • Jevon Carter, West Virginia (Proviso East) — The sophomore guard led No. 3 seed West Virginia in minutes as Carter averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.
  • James Farr, Xavier (Evanston) — One of the Big East's premier big men, the senior averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Musketeers. 
  • Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (Rockridge) — The Big Ten's freshman of the year, the forward put up 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 52 percent from the field.
  • Roosevelt Jones, Butler (O'Fallon) — A senior veteran, Jones put up 14 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game while making All-Big East second team honors. 
  • Abdel Nader, Iowa State (Niles North) — The senior averaged 13.1 points, 5.1 rebounds per game for the Cyclones while being one of the team's main perimeter threats.
  • Tyler Ulis, Kentucky (Marian Catholic) — The SEC Player of the Year as a sophomore, Ulis averaged 17.2 points, 7.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Ulis will likely leave early for the 2016 NBA Draft and is getting buzz as a late first-round pick.
  • Fred VanVleet, Wichita State (Rockford Auburn) — A two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, the senior averaged 12 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Shockers.


  • Larry Austin, Xavier (Springfield Lanphier) — The sophomore guard was Xavier's backup point guard this season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.2 assists per game.
  • Max Bielfeldt, Indiana (Peoria Notre Dame) — The Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year, the Michigan transfer big man has been huge for Indiana. Bielfeldt averaged 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior. 
  • Myles Carter, Seton Hall (St. Rita) — As a freshman, the big man appeared in nine games and played in 32 total minutes. 
  • Kyle Davis, Dayton (Morgan Park) — The junior guard played a key role for Dayton this season, averaging 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
  • Alvin Ellis, Michigan State (De La Salle) — During his junior season, Ellis came off the bench to average 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. 
  • Johnny Hill, Purdue (Glenbard East) — Transferred in to become one of the key guards for Purdue. The senior averaged 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds per game. 
  • Charles Matthews, Kentucky (St. Rita) — The freshman played in every game for Kentucky this season, getting 10 minutes a game off the bench while averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
  • Sean O'Mara, Xavier (Benet) — A reserve big man, O'Mara came off the bench to average 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. 
  • Kendall Pollard, Dayton (Simeon) — The former Simeon product had a solid junior season, averaging 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. 
  • Gavin Schilling, Michigan State (De La Salle) — After dealing with injury the early part of the season, the junior big man averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
  • Kendall Stephens, Purdue (St. Charles East) — The junior hasn't seen consistent minutes since taking a leave from the team in January. Averaged 6.1 points, 1.3 rebounds per game for the season.
  • Jamari Traylor, Kansas (Julian) — In his senior season, Traylor came off the bench for Kansas to average 3.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in a little under 14 minutes per game.
  • Joe Toye, Vanderbilt (Whitney Young) — The freshman has played in 29 games this season and averaged 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in limited minutes. 
  • Christian Williams, Iowa (St. Teresa) — During his freshman year, Williams appeared in 17 games and averaged 5.3 minutes per game. 
  • Nick Zeisloft, Indiana (Lyons) — After transferring from Illinois State, Zeisloft has been a key reserve for the Hoosiers the last two seasons. Put up 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds per game as a senior. 


  • Quinton Chievous, Hampton (Notre Dame) — The redshirt senior forward was one of the MEAC's best players this season, averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds per game on 57 percent shooting.
  • Willie Conner, Buffalo (Crane) — A junior guard, Conner averaged 12.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game this season for the Bulls. 
  • Sam Downey, Yale (Lake Forest) — A key reserve for Yale, Downey averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. 
  • Kalin Fisher, Hampton (Proviso East) — As a freshman, the guard came off the bench for Hampton to averaged 3.7 points per game.
  • Aldonis Foote, Middle Tennessee (Peoria Central) — After spending time in junior college, the junior forward averaged 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game as a reserve.
  • Brian Greene Jr., Florida Gulf Coast (Thornton) — The reserve guard fell out of the rotation and only appeared in 16 games this season, averaging 1.2 points per game.
  • Marius Hill, Arkansas-Little Rock (Homewood-Flossmoor) — During his junior season, the forward averaged 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest. 
  • Reginald Johnson Jr., Hampton (St. Joseph) — The senior guard led Hampton in scoring at 18.3 points per game while also averaging 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds.
  • Tevin King, South Dakota State (Providence-St. Mel) — A reserve guard, King put up 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game during his freshman season.
  • George Marshall, South Dakota State (Brooks) — A first-team, All-Summit League selection, the senior guard averaged 14.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
  • Rayshaun McGrew, Stony Brook (Vocational) — The senior forward is a key player for the Seawolves, averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
  • Khalil Small, Green Bay (Providence-St. Mel) — The sophomore guard averaged 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Phoenix this season.


  • Peyton Allen, Wichita State (Chatham Glenwood) — Sitting out this season as a redshirt after transferring from Texas A&M. Will have three years left. 
  • Jackson Bax, Wisconsin (Lincoln-Way East) — Walk-on has appeared in two games this season.
  • Brennan Besser, Duke (Latin School) — The walk-on appeared in one game this season.
  • Kevin Coker, Xavier (Plainfield South) — Appeared in four games and attempted one field goal this season.
  • Josh Cunningham, Dayton (Morgan Park) — Redshirted this season due to NCAA transfer restrictions after coming over from Bradley. Former Morgan Park star has three seasons of eligibility left. 
  • Michael Dowdy Jr., Seton Hall (U-High) — Has played in eight games and seen 13 minutes of action as a walk-on, totaling three points and four rebounds.
  • Dylan Ennis, Oregon (Lake Forest Academy) — Senior guard transferred from Villanova and appeared in two games before ending his season with a foot injury. Will apply for sixth year of eligibility. 
  • Cole Gentry, South Dakota State, (St. Charles East) — The freshman point guard redshirted this season and will have four years of eligibility left.
  • Brandon Hutton, Iowa (De La Salle) — Redshirting at Iowa as a freshman this season and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
  • Kurt Karis, USC (Glenbrook North) — Walk-on guard is redshirting this season after transferring from Chicago State, due to NCAA transfer regulations. 
  • Robert Knar, Northern Iowa (Mundelein) — The guard has appeared in 11 games this season and played 34 total minutes, tallying 13 points and seven rebounds.
  • Isaiah Moss, Iowa (Simeon) — Just like teammate Brandon Hutton, Moss is redshirting this season and will have four years left at Iowa.
  • Stuart Nezlek, Iowa State (Fenwick) — Played in five games for Iowa State as walk-on, totaling two points and a rebound in eight minutes of action.
  • Harrison Niego, Indiana (Lyons) — A freshman walk-on guard, Niego is starting to get more minutes for Indiana as he's appeared in 21 games and averages 5.1 minutes per game.
  • Tom Planek, Providence (Fenwick) — Walk-on appeared in 12 games and played 31 total minutes, scoring six points.
  • Bobby Wehrli, Dayton (Benet) — Saw action in 21 games as a walk-on this season, playing 118 minutes and contributing 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Teams with no Illinois players: Arizona, Austin Peay, Baylor, California, CSU Bakersfield, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Colorado, Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Hawaii, Holy Cross, Iona, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Saint Joseph's, Southern, Stephen F. Austin, Syracuse, Temple, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Tulsa, UNC Asheville, UNC Wilmington, Utah, Virginia, VCU, Weber State

NBC Sports Chicago announces 2017-18 college basketball schedule


NBC Sports Chicago announces 2017-18 college basketball schedule

Men’s and Women’s Game Schedule includes area contests featuring UIC, Illinois State, Loyola, Bradley, SIU, EIU, Valparaiso, Northern Iowa, Drake, DePaul, Northwestern, and more!

Local coverage begins with the UIC Flames hosting St. Joseph’s on Monday, November 13 at 7:00 PM CT featuring Jordan Bernfield & David Kaplan with the game call!

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on  or via the NBC Sports app

Chicago, IL (November 6, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, is ready to bring college hoops fans another exciting season of action-packed NCAA basketball featuring a total of 65 men’s & women’s contests, featuring many of the area’s top teams and players.

NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to the very best in local/regional basketball action featuring the Horizon League’s UIC Flames (eight games), along with Missouri Valley Conference action highlighted by Loyola (eight games), Northern Iowa (eight games), Bradley (seven games), Illinois State (five games), Southern Illinois (four games), Drake (four games), Valparaiso (three games), along with MVC #1-ranked pre-season favorite Missouri St. (ten games), plus – live coverage of the always-competitive MVC Tournament beginning March 1.  NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago live stream also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on or via the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports Chicago’s early season men’s collegiate basketball schedule gets underway with the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Flames hosting St. Joseph’s on Monday, November 13 at 7:00 PM CT LIVE from the UIC Pavilion.  The game announcing tandem for Flames games on NBC Sports Chicago this season features Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play) and NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan (analyst).  NOTE: ESPN Radio 1000’s Jonathan Hood will be filling in for Kaplan as game analyst for the UIC match-ups against DePaul and Wright St.  In addition, Bernfield will also handle play-by-play duties for every Loyola game on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule this season, which also features ESPN Radio 1000’s Jeff Dickerson handling color analysis.

Among the key regional match-ups on the schedule this season include UIC at Loyola (Dec. 2), DePaul at UIC (Dec. 9), UIC at Illinois St. (Dec. 19), SIU at Northern Iowa (Dec. 28), Bradley vs. Loyola (Jan. 13 & Jan. 31), Drake at Northern Iowa (Jan. 16), Missouri St. at SIU (Feb. 14), and Bradley at Valparaiso (Feb. 17) among many others. Note the attached schedule for a complete list of men’s games this season on NBC Sports Chicago and on NBC Sports Chicago+.

NBC Sports Chicago’s women’s basketball schedule includes six games featuring USA Today Coaches Poll pre-season #20-ranked/four-time defending Big East Conf. champion DePaul Blue Demons the first Blue Demons telecast taking place on Saturday, December 30 at 7:00 PM CT live from the brand new Wintrust Arena in downtown Chicago vs. St. John’s.  Additional DePaul match-ups on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule include games against Marquette (Jan. 4), Xavier (Jan. 12), Creighton (Feb. 2), Providence (Feb. 4), and Georgetown (Feb. 16).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will also carry the Big Ten’s Northwestern Wildcats in action on Dec. 16 at Missouri St. (note the attached schedule for a complete listing of women’s games this season).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Numerous men’s and women’s games on NBC Sports Chicago’s college basketball schedule this season will air exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago+. NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T, RCN, and WOW! homes among numerous other carriers and streaming services; viewers are urged to visit’s CHANNEL FINDER page for complete channel location details.

In addition to game coverage, NBC Sports Chicago will once again provide college basketball fans with team college coaches show this season (air dates may vary during the season) – Tuesdays (beginning in early December): Inside Notre Dame Basketball with Mike Brey (5:30 PM)…Wednesdays (beginning in late December): The Foundation: Northwestern Basketball (5:30 PM)...and The Steve Prohm Show: Iowa State Basketball (Season Preview Special - Mon, Dec. 11 at 5:30 PM; weekly airings on Mondays at 5:30 PM begin in January).


  1. Mon, Nov 13    11:00 am   Jacksonville St. @ Richmond   LIVE
  2. Mon, Nov 13      7:00 pm    UIC:  St. Joseph’s @ UIC           LIVE
  3. Mon, Nov 13     7:00 pm     UNI:  Alcorn State @ Northern Iowa    LIVE   NBCSCH+
  4. Wed, Nov 29      6:00 pm    Vermont @ Richmond     LIVE   NBCSCH+
  5. Fri, Dec 1            7:00 pm      Bradley:  E. Illinois @ Bradley    LIVE   NBCSCH+
  6. Sat, Dec 2            3:00 pm     Loyola:  UIC @ Loyola             LIVE
  7. Sat, Dec 2            3:00 pm        IL ST:  Tulsa @ Illinois State   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  8. Sat, Dec 2            7:00 pm       Missouri St. @ S. Dakota State   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  9. Mon, Dec 4         7:00 pm        Missouri St. @ N Dakota St   LIVE
  10. Thu, Dec 7           7:00 pm       UNI:  UT-Arlington @ Northern Iowa      LIVE
  11. Sat, Dec 9             3:00 pm       UIC:  DePaul @ UIC              LIVE
  12. Sat, Dec 9       3:00 pm        IL ST:  Murray State @ Illinois State      LIVE   NBCSCH+ 
  13. Sat, Dec 9         5:00 pm     James Madison @ Richmond      LIVE     NBCSCH+
  14. Sun, Dec 10             3:00 pm       Missouri St @ Oral Roberts  LIVE      NBCSCH+
  15. Tue, Dec 19              7:00 pm      IL ST:  UIC @ Illinois State         LIVE
  16. Fri, Dec 22                8:00 pm       MVC:  Loyola @ Missouri State    LIVE
  17. Sat, Dec 23               1:00 pm       MVC:  Illinois State @ Evansville    LIVE               
  18. Thu, Dec 28              7:00 pm       MVC:  Valparaiso @ Indiana State   LIVE
  19. Thu, Dec 28    7:00 pm   MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Northern Iowa  LIVE   NBCSCH+
  20. Sat, Dec 30               3:00 pm        MVC:  Evansville @ Loyola     LIVE
  21. Sun, Dec 31             3:00 pm         MVC: Missouri St @ Valparaiso   LIVE  NBCSCH+
  22. Wed, Jan 3                7:00 pm         MVC:  Indiana St @ Loyola         LIVE   NBCSCH+
  23. Sat, Jan 6                  3:00 pm         MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Valparaiso     LIVE
  24. Wed, Jan 10     6:00 pm  MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Indiana State    LIVE   NBCSCH+
  25. Sat, Jan 13                3:00 pm         MVC:  Bradley @ Loyola         LIVE
  26. Sun, Jan 14              2:00 pm         MVC:  Indiana St @ Missouri St       LIVE                                       
  27. Mon, Jan 15             7:00 pm         UIC:  Oakland @ UIC    LIVE
  28. Tue, Jan 16               7:00 pm         MVC:  Drake @ Northern Iowa    LIVE
  29. Wed, Jan 17             6:00 pm         MVC:  Bradley @ Illinois State    LIVE
  30. Wed, Jan 17        7:00 pm    MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Loyola     LIVE   NBCSCH+
  31. Sat, Jan 20                3:00 pm           MVC:  Missouri St. @ Drake     LIVE
  32. Tue, Jan 23               7:00 pm           MVC:  Missouri St. @ Bradley   LIVE
  33. Sat, Jan 27                3:00 pm           UIC:  IUPUI @ UIC    LIVE
  34. Wed, Jan 31             7:00 pm            MVC:  Loyola @ Bradley       LIVE   NBCSCH+
  35. Sat, Feb 3           3:00 pm      MVC:  Indiana St @ Northern Iowa     LIVE   NBCSCH+
  36. Tue, Feb 6           6:00 pm      MVC:  Missouri St. @ Indiana St       LIVE   NBCSCH+
  37. Wed, Feb 7               7:00 pm            MVC:  Drake @ Loyola         LIVE
  38. Thu, Feb 8             7:00 pm        UIC:  Youngstown State @ UIC LIVE   NBCSCH+
  39. Sat, Feb 10                3:00 pm            MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Drake         LIVE
  40. Tue, Feb 13          7:00 pm      MVC:  Evansville @ Northern Iowa   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  41. Wed, Feb 14     7:00 pm     MVC:  Missouri St. @ Southern Illinois   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  42. Sat, Feb 17                8:00 pm            MVC:  Bradley @ Valparaiso         LIVE
  43. Wed, Feb 21     7:00 pm     MVC:  Bradley @ Missouri St.    LIVE   NBCSCH+               
  44. Sat, Feb 24           5:00 pm       St. Joseph’s @ Richmond          LIVE   NBCSCH+
  45. Sun, Feb 28               5:00 pm            UIC:  Wright State @ UIC          LIVE
  46. Thu, Mar 1                6:00 pm            MVC Tournament - Opening Round #1    LIVE
  47. Thu, Mar 1                8:30 pm            MVC Tournament - Opening Round #2     LIVE
  48. Fri, Mar 2                  12:00 pm         MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #1        LIVE
  49. Fri, Mar 2                  2:30 pm            MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #2          LIVE
  50. Fri, Mar 2                  6:00 pm            MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #3         LIVE
  51. Fri, Mar 2                  8:30 pm            MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #4      LIVE


1. Tue, Nov 14               7:00 pm            Iowa State @ Northern Iowa         LIVE
2. Sun, Nov 19            2:00 pm       Missouri @ Missouri State    LIVE  NBCSCH+
3. Wed, Nov 29             7:00 pm            Missouri St. @ Wichita St          TBA
4. Sat, Dec 16                2:00 pm            Northwestern @ Missouri St    LIVE         NBCSCH+
5. Sat, Dec 30                7:00 pm            St. Johns @ DePaul                    LIVE
6. Thu, Jan 4                   7:00 pm            DePaul @ Marquette              LIVE
7. Fri, Jan 12                   5:00 pm            Xavier @ DePaul                    LIVE         NBCSCH+
8. Fri, Jan 12                   7:00 PM           Missouri St @ Illinois State     LIVE         NBCSCH+
9. Mon, Jan 15           1:00 pm      UIC:  Milwaukee @ UIC     LIVE    NBCSCH+ 
10. Fri, Feb 2                  7:00 pm            Creighton @ DePaul                LIVE
11. Sun, Feb 4                2:00 pm            Providence @ DePaul            LIVE
12. Fri, Feb 16                7:00 pm            Georgetown @ DePaul       LIVE         NBCSCH+
13. Sun, Feb 18              3:00 pm            Missouri St @ Valparaiso    LIVE
14. Thu, Mar 1               7:00 pm            Evansville @ Missouri St     LIVE         NBCSCH+  

(Schedules as of 11/6/17)  -- ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME

Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment


Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment

It looks like it was too good to be true.

Tyger Campbell shocked the recruiting world when he committed to DePaul on May 8.

Less than four months later, Campbell has reopened his recruitment.

The four-star point guard out of La Lumiere High School in Indiana, who is the No. 66 prospect in the 2018 Class, took to Twitter Friday night to explain his decision.

One of Campbell's original draws to the Blue Demons was DePaul hiring Shane Heirman as an assistant coach. Heirman coached Campbell for two seasons at La Lumiere.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told when he committed to the Blue Demons. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy."

Campbell currently has offers from a handful of D1 schools, including Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, Memphis and Tennessee.