CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Former William Chrisman forward Jon Ekey has joined the basketball team at Illinois as a transfer and will be eligible to play this fall for the Illini.
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Illinois coach John Groce announced Wednesday that Ekey, who transferred from Illinois State, and Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby have agreed to join the Illini. Ekey can play immediately as a graduate-student transfer, while Cosby, who will be a junior next season, will have to sit out under NCAA rules.
“Jon is a skilled forward who will be a great fit in our system,” Groce said. “He has a high basketball IQ, is an exceptional shooter, and also defends, blocks shots and rebounds.
Ekey was a 44.6 percent shooter and averaged 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds a game last season for the Redbirds. He started 18 games and played in all 33 under first-year coach Dan Muller. The previous season, under then-coach Tim Jankovic, Ekey averaged 9 points and almost 5 rebounds a game in 32 starts.
Illinois is losing seniors Brandon Paul, Tyler Griffey and D.J. Richardson, three of the best shooters off of last season’s 23-13 NCAA Tournament team.