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Illinois formally has one open scholarship for the 2021-22 season now that Adam Miller has entered the switch portal. In fact, the actual quantity is definitely two — and the Illini are treating it that means — however Ayo Dosunmu nonetheless hasn’t formally declared for the NBA draft. (He’ll and has an excellent likelihood of being a first-round choose).
These two open scholarships — for now — may go to a highschool recruit. Or a switch. Two gamers that fall within the latter class Illinois have been linked to are Creighton switch Christian Bishop and Furman switch Noah Gurley.
Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota,Wake Forest,Texas A&M, UNLV, and Illinois are the most recent colleges to achieve out to Creighton switch Christian Bishop a supply tells @247Sports pic.twitter.com/5lio0K9PgH
— Dushawn London (@DushawnLondon1) April 2, 2021
Mizzou, Virginia, Maryland, TCU, Tennessee, Duke, Miami, Alabama, Nevada, Illinois, San Diego State, and Florida are the most recent applications to achieve out to Furman switch Noah Gurley, he advised @Stockrisers.He’s bought a really lengthy checklist of applications within the hunt. https://t.co/T46vXNavE6
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) March 31, 2021
Let’s break them down …
Bishop had his greatest season at Creighton in 2020-21, averaging profession highs in scoring (11.0 ppg) and rebounds (6.4 rpg) in serving to the Bluejays attain the Candy 16. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound ahead shot 68.1 p.c total, 25 p.c from three-point vary and 56.2 p.c on the free throw line.
The three-point proportion is form of deceptive. Bishop, who is understood for his capacity to play above the rim, shot simply 4 three-pointers this previous season. The Lees Summit, Mo., native was a three-star recruit out of highschool, and he would have two years of eligibility remaining after transferring.
Gurley simply wrapped up his redshirt junior season at Furman, giving him two years of eligibility since this yr did not rely. The 6-8, 210-pound ahead put up 15.4 factors, 5.8 rebounds and a pair of.4 assists per recreation in 2020-21 — all profession highs — whereas taking pictures 48.8 p.c total, 33.9 p.c from three-point vary and 69.1 p.c on the free throw line. Gurley’s three-point proportion dipped from the 2019-20 season (40.7 p.c), however he additionally tried almost three extra threes per recreation this yr.
Gurley was unranked within the 2017 class when he signed with the Paladins — selecting them over Charleston Southern. He definitely has extra choices now.