The Illini won't be bringing in Villanova transfer Dylan Ennis, who chose Oregon over Illinois and Baylor on Wednesday.
Ennis started 36 games for Villanova this past season, averaging 9.9 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game. He has one year of eligibility remaining and is immediately eligible to play for Oregon as a graduate transfer.
While Ennis is a native of Canada, he did attend high school in the Chicago area at Lake Forest Academy, so there was an in-state connection, though a very slight one.
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Ennis could have provided the Illini with an experienced guard. But the Illini backcourt is somewhat crowded as it is.
Senior Tracy Abrams returns from last season's ACL injury to resume starting point guard duties, and juniors Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill figure to be the team's main point producers. Jaylon Tate and Alex Austin will also be around, joined by freshmen Jalen Coleman-Lands and Aaron Jordan.
The Illini have already brought in one graduate transfer this offseason in former Charlotte big man Mike Thorne Jr.