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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DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 2Ball State11:00am BTN
Sat, Sept 9Western Kentucky7:00pm BTN
Fri, Sept 15@USF6:00pm ESPN
Fri, Sept 29Nebraska7:00pm FS1
Sat, Oct 7@Iowa11:00am
Sat, Oct 14Rutgers 
Sat, Oct 21@Minnesota2:30pm or
3:00pm
Sat, Oct 28Wisconsin
(Homecoming)
11:00am
Sat, Nov 4@Purdue 
Sat, Nov 11Indiana 
Sat, Nov 18@Ohio State 
Sat, Nov 25Northwestern 
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2017-2018 Illini Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 10Southern 
Sun, Nov 12Tennessee-Martin 
Fri, Nov 17DePaul 
Sun, Nov 19Marshall 
Wed, Nov 22Augustana 
Fri, Nov 24North Carolina Central 
Tue, Nov 28@Wake Forest 
Fri, Dec 1@Northwestern 
Sun, Dec 3Maryland 
Wed, Dec 6Austin Peay 
Sat, Dec 9@UNLV
(Las Vegas, NV)
 
Wed, Dec 13Longwood  
Sat, Dec 16New Mexico State
(Chicago, IL)
 
Sat, Dec 23Missouri
(St. Louis, MO)
 
Sat, Dec 30Grand Canyon 
Wed, Jan 3@Minnesota 
Sat, Jan 6@Michigan 
Thu, Jan 11Iowa 
Mon, Jan 15@Nebraska 
Fri, Jan 19@Wisconsin 
Mon, Jan 22Michigan State 
Wed, Jan 24Indiana 
Tue, Jan 30Rutgers 
Sun, Feb 4@Ohio State 
Thu, Feb 8Wisconsin 
Sun, Feb 11Penn State 
Wed, Feb 14@Indiana 
Sun, Feb 18Nebraska 
Tue, Feb 20@Michigan State 
Thu, Feb 22Purdue 
Sun, Feb 25@Rutgers 
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