Illinois adds McLaurin from Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina forward Sam McLaurin will transfer to Illinois

after his graduation this month.

In a news release Friday, Illinois says the 6-8, 230-pound

McLaurin will enroll as a graduate student and has one season of

eligibility left. Under NCAA rules, he’ll be able to play next

season.

McLaurin started 31 games for the Chanticleers last season. He

averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.

First-year Illini coach John Groce says McLaurin should help

Illinois’ front-court depth. The early departure of 7-1 center

Meyers Leonard to the NBA draft left the Illini short on

experienced big men.

Illinois has now signed graduate transfers in two straight

seasons. Guard Sam Maniscalco joined the Illini last season after

graduating from Bradley.