Not every recruit, coaching change or transfer is going to have a monumental impact on the teams that have either rid themselves of the person or brought them in. Sometimes it is just a move that has been made where no one really benefits or gets harmed. As boring and benign as it sounds, every move does not translate into instant success for a program. Regardless, moves are to be made and we need to know about them.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have announced that Jon Ekey is transferring to the program.
Ekey played for the Illinois State Redbirds last season. The guard averaged 6.4 points (on 44.6 percent shooting) and 4.2 rebounds a game last season. Now, John Groce is hoping that Ekey’s transfer will help add depth and a possible low-end rotational player to his team for next season.
That is right; since Ekey has already graduated from college he is eligible to play collegiate sports immediately.
The reason for the transfer is not exclusively limited to Ekey wanting to play at a higher-level. Two seasons ago Ekey started 32 games while contributing over nine points per game. Last season saw a new head coach for the Redbirds and a decline in minutes as well as starting opportunities. It is possible that he may have transferred to the Illini because he was sick of getting stuck on the pine.
I mean, if the Redbirds were going to have him ride the bench, why not sit on someone else’s bench who has a better seating arrangement?
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