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Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jalen Coleman-Lands transferring from the program

Sharpshooting guard Jalen Coleman-Lands is leaving Illinois after two seasons.

Update June 1

Illinois announced Thursday night that Jalen Coleman-Lands has been given a "full release" to transfer, meaning the guard can transfer without restriction.

Coleman-Lands must sit out next year due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“We enjoyed coaching Jalen during our time together this spring,” Illini first-year coach Brad Underwood said in a statement. “He has indicated that he is looking for a new opportunity. We thank Jalen for his contributions here and wish him all the best moving forward.”

Original story May 25

Illinois guard Jalen Coleman-Lands is transferring from the team after two seasons -- as reported by Scout.com's Evan Daniels on Thursday.

After adding grad transfer Mark Alstork on Wednesday afternoon, the Illini are back to having nine scholarship players for next season.

http://www.scout.com/college/illinois/story/1779944-five-effects-jcl-tra... Coleman-Lands started 15 games as a sophomore -- averaging eight points per game while shooting 36.6 percent from the field and 38 percent from three. That was a measurable decline from his production as a freshman, when he averaged 10.3 points per game and shot 41.2 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from beyond the arc.

The Indianapolis native set the program's freshman record for made threes in a season with 87 in 2015-16. He averaged more than 25 minutes per game with 39 starts in his career, and he was set to be a major contributor on next season's roster.

Coleman-Lands will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out next year due to the NCAA transfer rules. Illinois also had D.J. Williams -- another member of John Groce's 2015 class -- announce his intentions to transfer on May 8.

Stay tuned to IlliniInquirer.com for more.


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