The daily planner for Illinois basketball coach John Groce is filling up during the month of June. Once again, he must hire an assistant coach following the abrupt resignation of Isaac Chew, who left the program Tuesday after less than two months on the job. In the meantime, Groce will get to know Springfield Lanphier High School's Larry Austin Jr. Then there's a few days for Groce to get away with his wife to attend his brother's wedding, when Groce will likely use some of his free time to brainstorm about filling his staff vacancy. "I'm going to take my time this time around for sure,'' Groce said Thursday during the Illini Caravan stop at Bloomington Country Club. "There are some candidates that were on the radar the first time that will continue to be on the radar. There are some other guys that I've got additional interest that I might not had as much the first time around. "We'll sift through that, find the right person for Illinois, a person who wants to be at Illinois and relishes the opportunity to coach the Illini.'' Chew fielded interest from other schools shortly after he arrived at Illinois, then jumped at an offer from Marquette. Thus, he's had three employers in a little over two months, andhis move reminded everyone how cut throat college basketball has become. "Nasty,'' Groce said. "It can be that way for sure. We talk to the players about having the ability to stay even keel. It's never as bad as it seems or as good as it seems. "Then as coaches, we probably need to do the same thing. We want someone who wants to be at Illinois.'' A candidate with Chicago connections "is something to consider,'' Groce said. "I want to get a guy who wants to be at Illinois,'' he said. "That's more important than anything else. As you put a staff together, each candidate will have different strengths and weaknesses. You have to figure out what direction you want to go, which strengths you want, which weaknesses you swallow. Everyone brings something different to the table.'' Meanwhile, Austin picked up a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State Thursday and plans an unofficial visit to Illinois for a meeting with Groce in mid-June. Austin was previously offered a scholarship by the Illini under former coach Bruce Weber, but this sit down will be the first for Austin with the new coaching regime. Thus, he will likely getting a better grasp of the Illini's current level of interest. A junior this fall, Austin also has offers from Missouri, Bradley, Memphis and DePaul. He's projected as a college point guard. Following his trip to Illinois, Austin will compete for a spot on the USA Basketball under-17 team that will play in the World Championships later this summer. When asked about the chances Illinois would play Illinois State, Groce said the priority is getting more home games. The Illini play seven non-conference games in Assembly Hall next season and just five the following year, Groce said, when the Illini will play in the Bahamas during an early-season tournament. "If you study basketball at this level, that's the first thing we need to address,'' Groce said. "Look at the Big Ten in the last five years. Illinois is last in non-conference home games. We've got to change that.'' Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas was in agreement, adding, "He and I are on the same page.'' NOTE: Chatham Glenwood guard Peyton Allen will make unofficial visits to Nebraska, Michigan, Butler and Boston College this summer. John Supinie can be reached at Johnsupinie@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnSupinie.