Illinois is reportedly in pursuit of a pair of transfers.
The Illini are reportedly one of seven teams in the running for Merrill Holden, a Chicago native who spent the past two seasons at Louisiana Tech, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
La Tech grad transfer Merrill Holden told ESPN he is looking at UNLV, Cincy, Illinois, Alabama, Iowa St, Jacksonville and Central Florida.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 14, 2016
Holden, a 6-foot-8 forward, spent one season at a community college before spending the past two years at Louisiana Tech. He made 16 starts last season as a junior, averaging 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22.4 minutes a game.
Holden missed the first 10 games of the season but averaged 10.7 points a game during a 13-game stretch from mid-January through the end of February, posting his lone double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a win over North Texas.
Additionally, Jalen Hudson, who spent the past two seasons with the Hokies before being granted his release about a week ago, has been contacted by the Illini and 11 other teams according to another report from Goodman.
Transfer Jalen Hudson told ESPN has been contacted by: Purdue, Fla, UNLV, Butler, Creighton, Auburn, Ill., VCU, Richmond, Dayton, Tenn, Cal— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 14, 2016
Hudson, a 5-foot-6 guard, averaged 7.9 points and two rebounds a game in 19.6 minutes a game last season. His 3-point shooting improved dramatically from his freshman season to his sophomore season, growing from 28.3 percent to 35.6 percent. But his overall shooting numbers took a big hit, dropping from 47.9 percent as a freshman to 39.5 percent as a sophomore.
Hudson had a few huge scoring performances last season, putting up 23 points in a win over North Carolina State, scoring 27 points in a loss to Louisville and dropping a season-high 28 points in a win over Princeton in the NIT.
Illinois is facing plenty of roster uncertainty heading into next season. The team is waiting to see if Mike Thorne Jr. will earn a medical redshirt, and Leron Black, Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate are all facing legal situations and remain indefinitely suspended.