Illinois fills coaching staff with Isaac Chew

What stuck out in a couple of those conversations we had earlier this week about the Illinois job, was that he understood the job and what he specifically needed to do to reach out and establish the relationships needed. Chew heads into this job with his eyes wide open. He gets it, wants it and was energized to make Chicago a priority while respecting all the people he will be dealing with on the Chicago basketball scene and what the job entails.

Chew will aim high. He's a worker who will get after it. A couple of years ago I sat with Chew at a P.F. Chang's for dinner at an AAU event in Vegas and discussed recruiting. I remember talking with him about the positive aspects of recruiting to Murray State at the time. I noted what an advantage it was being the best team and program in the league, but Chew always talked about how it was imperative, a must, to aim higher than Ohio Valley Conference type recruits. With that, he had a recruiting obstacle of trying to recruit high-level players to a lower-level league, which is never an easy thing to do but had success doing.

Joe Henricksen

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2015-2016 Illini Basketball Schedule

Home: 0-0 | Away: 0-1 | Neutral: 3-3
Record: 3-4 (0-0)
Fri, Nov 13North FloridaL 93-81
Sun, Nov 15North Dakota StateW 80-74
Wed, Nov 18@ProvidenceL 60-59
Sat, Nov 21ChattanoogaL 81-77
Mon, Nov 23Chicago StateW 82-79
Fri, Nov 27UABW 72-58
Sat, Nov 28Iowa StateL 84-73
Wed, Dec 2Notre Dame
(B1G/ACC Challenge)
8:15pm ESPN2
Sat, Dec 5Western Carolina2:00pm ESPN3
Wed, Dec 9Yale7:00pm ESPN3
Sat, Dec 12UIC
(Chicago, IL)
1:00pm ESPN3
Sat, Dec 19South Dakota2:00pm ESPN3
Wed, Dec 23Missouri
(St. Louis, MO)
6:00pm ESPN2
Wed, Dec 30Michigan2:00pm ESPN2
Sun, Jan 3@Ohio State4:00pm BTN
Thu, Jan 7@Michigan State 
Sun, Jan 10Purdue 
Sat, Jan 16Nebraska1:30pm BTN
Tue, Jan 19@Indiana6:00pm ESPN
Sat, Jan 23@Minnesota 
Thu, Jan 28Ohio State8:00pm BTN
Sun, Jan 31Wisconsin6:30pm BTN
Wed, Feb 3@Rutgers5:30pm BTN
Sun, Feb 7Iowa12:00pm BTN
Sat, Feb 13@Northwestern7:00pm BTN
Tue, Feb 16Rutgers8:00pm BTN
Sun, Feb 21@Wisconsin 
Thu, Feb 25Indiana8:00pm ESPN/2
Sun, Feb 28Minnesota 
Thu, Mar 3@Maryland6:00pm ESPN/2
Sun, Mar 6@Penn State11:00am BTN
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2015 Illini Football Results

Home: 4-2 | Away: 1-4 | Neutral: 0-1
Record: 5-7 (2-6)
Fri, Sep 4Kent StateW 52-3
Sat, Sep 12Western IllinoisW 44-0
Sat, Sep 19at North CarolinaL 48-14
Sat, Sep 26Middle TennesseeW 27-25
Sat, Oct 3NebraskaW 14-13
Sat, Oct 10at IowaL 29-20
Sat, Oct 24WisconsinL 24-13
Sat, Oct 31at Penn StateL 39-0
Sat, Nov 7at PurdueW 48-14
Sat, Nov 14Ohio StateL 28-3
Sat, Nov 21at MinnesotaL 32-23
Sat, Nov 28NorthwesternL 24-14
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