Campus Corner

Former William Chrisman forward Jon Ekey joins Illinois basketball team

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.

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.