The news is a few days old, although after John Groce got his extension, it is worth highlighting. The Illinois Fighting Illini have come to an agreement to have Aaron Crosby (Former Seton Hall Pirate) play for the program next season.
For those of you unaware of Crosby, you are missing out on a pretty good player. Only a sophomore this past season, Crosby averaged over 12 points per game. He even showed flashes of brilliance as he scored over 20 points in six different games on the season.
Crosby will have to sit out the 2013-14 per NCAA transfer rules, but it does help shore up the Fighting Illini backcourt for the future.
The news of Crosby joining the program came a few days before the announcement of Groce’s extension. The two of those moves coupled together makes one think that the Illinois basketball program knows what it is doing as far as looking a year or two down the road on top of the immediate future.
The 6-foot-2 guard was supposed to make several other trips on his transfer for hire (kidding) tour. However, after his talk with Groce, he must have seen and heard enough to know that parading his talents around would prove worthless — as he knew playing for Groce and the Illini was exactly what he wanted to be doing.
Oh, and like all the cool kids these days, Crosby went to the mean streets of Twitter to make his announcement. All it said was “I-L-L”, meaning Twitter won, again.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone