Illinois assistant coach Isaac Chew confirmed receiving interest from other college basketball programs Thursday, but Chew made it clear he's not going anywhere.

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois assistant coach Isaac Chew confirmed receiving interest from other college basketball programs Thursday, but Chew made it clear he's not going anywhere.

"I will be at Illinois, but I have been approached by other schools,'' Chew said. "I left a great situation at Missouri. I was approached by several other schools before I took this job and some as recently as this week.

"It's the nature of this business. I really like coach (John) Groce. I want to be here and see this thing through.''

Chew is a graduate of Chicago Wells High School who helped recruit the talent that lifted mid-major Murray State into the top 25  before spending last season at Missouri. He was the last of the three full-time coaches hired by Groce.

Chew formerly worked with Illini assistant Jamall Walker at Murray State. Like Walker, Dustin Ford (the brother of Bradley coach Geno Ford) followed Groce from Ohio.

Groce said he already filled openings for director of basketball operations and special assistant to the head coach but couldn't make any announcements because of job posting timelines.

ROSTER MOVES: With concerns over depth at point guard and on the front line, one name to consider is Coastal Carolina forward Sam McLaurin, who recieved his release. He would be a fifth-year senior and a graduate who would be eligible immediately. The 6-foot-8 McLaurin averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Big South Conference program.

Illinois, Virginia, Drake, Alabama-Birmingham and Western Kentucky made contact with him earlier this month.

"We've added one (player) here recently, and we'll continue to explore all options,'' Groce said.
Illinois can't formally announce the addition of Drake transfer Rayvonte Rice until paperwork is returned.

NOTABLE: Guard Brandon Paul won the team's one-on-one tournament after beating Tyler Griffey in the championship. ... Illinois held the last individiual workouts Thursday. Semester finals begin May 4. Because of a new NCAA rule, Illini coaches can hold workouts this summer following the start of summer semester on June 11, a particular benefit to a program in transition.

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