Brad Underwood Determined New Illini Point Guards “push through mistakes”
Following the first full day of in-season practice, Illinois head coach Brad Underwood knows he’ll have to coach his young, inexperienced point guards through early-season blunders.
By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Staff Writer
September 26, 2022
(Cover photo courtesy George Walker IV/Nashville Tennessean
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Following one day of preseason practice, Brad Underwood isn’t under this perception that the road to success for his point guards won’t be a consistently smooth drive.
Following the departure of Trent Frazier to graduation and Andre Curbelo to the transfer portal, the lead guard position at Illinois is set to have the team’s most important transformation leading into a 2022-23 campaign.
At this point last season, Underwood was content with Frazier, a fifth-year senior and then-sophomore Curbelo understanding everything they wanted from the moment of the first minute of preseason practice. Now, nothing can be guaranteed about the chemistry as Illinois looks to replace all five starters from last year’s Big Ten regular season championship starting lineup.