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
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.