The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball program added an elite shooter today in the early signing period. Luke Goode, who has length, athleticism, and the ability to score from anywhere on the floor is just what Brad Underwood and his staff were looking for. Goode, an Indiana native had other offers from Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, and more in the Big Ten but ultimately chose the Illini as his destination.
Goode is a 4-year program guy, much like Cassius Winston at MSU, or Xavier Simpson at Michigan. Underwood had this to say about him:
If you put an emphasis on what Coach Underwood said in this clip, think of the “nice fit for the basketball family.” The Illini lost Alan Griffin in the transfer portal this past offseason. Griffin was the Illini’s most lethal shooter from beyond the three-point line with a 41.6 percentage. Goode will be a nice fit for the Illini beyond the arc. This season, the outside shooting will most likely come from Adam Miller, on the kick-outs from Ayo or Kofi.
In other Illini News, the Braggin’ Rights game has been announced. The Illini and Mizzou square off December 12, but the location will be determined tomorrow night with a coin flip that will be broadcast on FightingIllini.com. Other than the Mizzou game, the only other game that has been announced and is official is Duke at Cameron Indoor Area for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Coach Underwood had this to say on the schedule update:
Indintally Coach Underwood laughed at the question when it was asked. But I know that they are getting closer to the scheduled release date that I am assuming will drop within the coming days.
The last bit of Illini News that I have for tonight is the update on how the team is doing. Coach Underwood at his presser today stated the team is developing and finding a feel for each other but needs to find more continuity on the defensive end of the floor. Hear that here:
The offense is solid, and you saw that last year with Kofi and Ayo scoring essentially on command. Trent Fraizer and Damonte Williams have also proved themselves as defenders, and Kofi’s rim defense is key for the Illini’s success in the upcoming season.