Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team: Giorgi Bezhanishvili announced last week he was declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft with the intention of taking the next step in his basketball career. Before that happens, though, Illinois fans can get a chance to see the fan favorite forward in an autograph session happening later this month.
Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. has declared for the NBA draft without signing with an agent to keep his options open. Pippen announced his intentions Saturday morning with a social media post. He said he was blessed to come to Vanderbilt.
New Houston Texans defensive coordinator Lovie Smith says his Tampa-2 scheme is better suited for the NFL, not so much for college.