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Illinois’ Samba Kane to enter transfer portal

An underwhelming freshman year on a team and personal standpoint will cause Kane to transfer

NCAA Basketball: UNLV at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood has been praising how great his off-season has been going, until now. Just a few weeks after Underwood spoke out about his feelings on the off-season, Illini center Samba Kane has decided to put his name in the transfer portal.

Jeremy Werner broke the news on Twitter earlier this month.

After an underwhelming freshman year with Illinois, going 12–21, Kane decided that it would be best for him to take his talent elsewhere.

Kane played in only 18 games for Underwood and average just a low 1.5 points per game.

With a lacking first year in the NCAA, it will be interesting to see what schools show interest in bringing the Colorado native onto the roster. Teams that showed interest in Kane before his commitment to Illinois include Massachusetts, Arizona State and fellow Big Ten team Rutgers.

Kane will be forced to sit out a year due to transfer. It is unknown whether he will try to appeal for more eligibility, or use a redshirt year.