The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: June 7, 2024

Jun. 7—➜ . Mainly because the former Illini All-American setter sustained a serious knee injury in December 2022, putting her career in jeopardy.

➜ when the action begins July 28 in Paris. Another former Illini, though, , was an assistant coach three years ago and she'll fill the same role for coach again.

➜ . The former Purdue standout is the daughter of former Danville standout .

Points per game future Illini has averaged coming off the bench during his first three games at the FIBA U18 AmeriCup in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week for Team USA. Fellow future , Fears and the U.S. team are 3-0 and will play Puerto Rico at 10:40 a.m. Friday in the quarterfinals. Fears, a Class of 2025 commit for , is also averaging 3.7 assists and 4.3 steals while shooting 41 percent from the field.

➜ . Illinois will have two of its men's athletes — — competing on Friday evening in Eugene, Ore. Garrett is in the high jump, which gets going at 5:30 p.m., and Morozov is in the triple jump that starts at 6:20 p.m.

➜ . Former Illini and Illini men's golf coach are in the field of the Champions Tour event that tees off Friday in Madison, Wis.

➜ . and could play for a gold medal on Sunday evening in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

➜ the Chicago Cubs.

➜ Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich and Tom Izzo.

➜ not doing something to my full potential.