Football season is ramping up, so let’s talk Illini basketball.
Coach Weber hired former Illini glue-guy and career bench player Jerrance Howard yesterday to fill the recently vacated assistant coaching position. Read all about it. This is a positive move in my opinion: J-Ho is young, positive, and a true Orange & Blue dude.
He’ll need to hit the ground running on the recruiting end, where honestly, we’ve come up short lately. But I’m not one of those guys who think the bball program is in the midst of Ron Turner Act II. I also think wins and tournaments are more important than the number of stars beside some kid’s name. But no mistake, this will be a pivotal year for Weber and Co. The Big10 will be down, the Illini will be short-handed in the backcourt, but if we can get to 20 wins and make the tournament maybe we can recapture some of that lost momentum.
And maybe sign a few key recruits as well. Go get ’em Jerrance.