The Fighting Illini basketball team has high hopes for the upcoming season. Experienced returnees and four talented freshmen combine to create a potentially formidable team. But the key to the season might be the improvement of junior Alex Legion, the shooter deluxe who struggled in his first games as an Illini last winter.
October 18, 2009
College basketball is difficult for any newcomer. But it can be even more traumatic for a player who transfers to a new school at midyear and gains eligibility during the middle of a season. Fighting Illini basketball player Alex Legion has that behind him now, and he is working hard to vindicate those who have rated him so highly in the past.
August 30, 2009
The Fighting Illini basketball team won far more games than expected this past season. If told it would win 24 games and qualify for the NCAA Tournament prior to the season, the average fan would have believed Kentucky transfer Alex Legion gained eligibility and became a star. But he didn't have the year he or anyone else expected.
April 29, 2009
Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber sounded the warning in the preseason. It was going to be difficult for Alex Legion to blend into the team when he became eligible at the end of the first semester. If the team was doing well, he would have to find a way of fitting into an established lineup. Weber's prediction has been accurate.
January 28, 2009
Illinois has developed excellent team chemistry in a 9-1 start on the basketball season. And now, it adds another talented player to the mix. Alex Legion's days of waiting for his eligibility are now about over. If everything works out properly, he will be on the floor Saturday night when the Illini take on Detroit at the Assembly Hall.
December 19, 2008
The Illinois basketball team is off to a quick 6-1 start, and it is beginning to gel as a unit. Optimism remains strong despite the frustrating loss to Clemson because of improvement shown and because they will soon add another shooter in Alex Legion. The sophomore transfer from Kentucky is chomping at the bit to see game action.
December 4, 2008
Not to take anything away from this year's Fighting Illini men's basketball team, but I'm not going out on a limb when I say help is on the way. Kick them while they're down, but Bruce Weber has done it, this time with the fruits of his own work. Read more here at InsideIllini.com
December 23, 2007