Point guard Sam Maniscalco, who is transferring from Bradley to Illinois, is making his official recruiting visit to the lllinois campus this weekend.
CHAMPAIGN -- Point guard Sam Maniscalco, who is transferring from Bradley to Illinois, is making his official recruiting visit to the lllinois campus this weekend.
With one year of eligibility remaining, Maniscalco is eligible to play under the graduate student waiver. He missed last season because of ankle problems, and the fifth-year senior will likely meet his new teammates and get a feel for campus. He is also expected to handle some academic paperwork.
A second-team all-Missouri Valley pick as a junior two seasons ago, Maniscalco is expected to provide stability at the position, experience and leadership.
In other news:
-- Rochester junior quarterback Wes Lunt, who received a scholarship offer from Illinois in February, added Wisconsin and Oklahoma State to his list of offers aftger throwing for coaches from both schools recently.
Lunt also has offers from Vanderbilt, Louisville, Boston College, Michigan State, Western Michigan and SMU.
-- Chatham Glenwood freshman guard Peyton Allen, who made an unofficial visit to Illinois basketball last week, will take trips to Iowa later this month and Stanford in June, according to his father, Doug. Allen also received interest from Tennessee following the hiring of coach Cuonzo Martin.
-- Illinois senior center Mike Tisdale returned from a workout with the Phoenix Suns. Guard Demetri McCamey has a workout scheduled with the Washington Wizards this weekend.
-- The Illini keep looking to fill the scholarship left available by the departure of freshman forward Jereme Richmond. Forward Ibrahima Djimde, a 6-foot-8, 250-pounder, made an official visit to Illinois this week, and the Huntington (W.V.) Prep senior received a scholarship offer from the Illini.
Illinois also made scholarship offers to junior point guards Kyle Johnson of Indianapolis North Central and Michael Orris of Crete-Monee and freshman point guard Johnnie Vassar of Lawrence Academy (Mass.). He is a native of Chicago.
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