After losing two members of what was a top-15 recruiting class, Illinois could finally be getting some good news on the roster-construction front.
According to reports, a pair of high-profile transfers, Cal point guard Charlie Moore and Kansas big man Carlton Bragg Jr., could both wind up with the Illini.
Illinois was described as a likely landing spot for Moore, while Bragg has the Illini in his final five choices.
Kansas and Illinois have emerged as the two likeliest landing spots for Cal transfer Charlie Moore, per multiple sources.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 19, 2017
Kansas transfer Carlton Bragg told ESPN he is considering Arizona State, Xavier, Illinois, NC State and Cincinnati. Will sit, 2 years left.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 19, 2017
Both players would have to sit out the 2017-18 season, new head coach Brad Underwood's first, per NCAA transfer rules. But both would have multiple years of eligibility remaining after that, good news for the orange and blue should either or both decide to continue their collegiate careers in Champaign.
Moore, a Chicago native and Morgan Park product, was ranked by Rivals as the No. 55 recruit in the Class of 2016. He picked Cal over Illinois and plenty of other offers, and as a true freshman last season he started 34 games and averaged 12.2 points and 3.5 assists per game.
Last week Moore announced he was transferring from Cal to be close to home and his ailing father.
Bragg, a 6-foot-10 big man from Cleveland, was the No. 21 recruit in the Class of 2015, per Rivals. Bragg also had an offer from Illinois but opted to play for Bill Self instead.
Bragg didn't see too much time as a reserve in Lawrence, averaging 13.8 minutes a game as a sophomore this past season. He put up 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds a game.
The Illini could use an influx of players of any kind after both Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett requested releases from their National Letters of Intent in the wake of the school's coaching change.
With those two incoming freshmen believed to be headed elsewhere and the departures of five graduating players from last season's team, Illinois is down to just nine scholarship players for 2017-18: seven returning players — D.J. Williams, Kipper Nichols, Te'Jon Lucas, Jalen Coleman-Lands, Leron Black, Aaron Jordan and Michael Finke — and two incoming freshmen — Da'Monte Williams and Trent Frazier.