"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
"There's a certain level of confidence and composure he brings to the court," said sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins, who played the bulk of his minutes as a freshman while LeVert sat on the end of the bench in a sweat suit. "When you know you have a player like that on your team of that caliber, it's just like, we're in his hands and he can do a lot of things for this team. It's a comfort. It's nice."
"I just really wanted to see him in a game and I loved what I saw," Beilein said. "He was active. He's got a motor. He's got some things he's got to work on. He doesn't have the strength to (play) the way he'd like to in the Big Ten yet, but that's what we're going to work on in-between (games) without inhibiting his ability to play the next game."
“The coaches talked about that and in the Syracuse game you guys saw it -- Mitch playing and hitting the mid-range jumper beyond the free throw line,” said Donnal. “If I just keep working, that could be me next year hitting those same shots. I just need to keep working hard so I can be put into the rotation like that.”
“(My AAU coach) has compared me to (Pittsnogle),” Donnal said. “I never really got to see him play, but I’ve heard people compare me to him. I’m a post player, but also I can step out and hit a three or a jumper outside.”