It’s been an offseason of highs and lows for new Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood. So far Underwood has lost two recruits, lost one player to transfer, gained a commitment from Mr. Illinois Basketball recipient Mark Smith, and now has picked up highly sought after graduate transfer Mark Alstork. Alstork announced Wednesday afternoon via twitter that he would be transferring to the University of Illinois to complete his final year of eligibility. Alstork, who played three years at Wright State, averaged 19 points per game last year for the Raiders. Also recruiting Alstork were Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and LSU.
The 6 foot 5 guard will give the Illini much-needed experience and firepower. Alstork also brings depth to a team that only had 9 scholarship players following the departure of small forward D.J. Williams. The Illini now have a plethora of guards to choose from which includes sophomore point guard Te’Jon Lucas and freshman Mark Smith, Trent Frazier, and DaMonte Williams. The decision came one day before the announced transfer of Jalen Coleman-Lands who was set to take a bigger role in the offense with the departure of Malcolm Hill and Tracy Abrams to graduation. If the Illini are to have success in Underwood’s first season at the helm, they will need a high level of play from their freshman who will be under the guidance of Alstork. It will be trial by fire for the Illinois basketball squad but after four consecutive years of missing the NCAA tournament, the Illini faithful are up for any new changes Underwood and this year’s squad can bring.
— Mark Alstork (@Mark_Alstork) May 24, 2017
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