CHAMPAIGN — Illinois freshman Anthony Higgs announced on Tuesday that he would enter the transfer portal.
Higgs missed his entire freshman season after undergoing foot surgery and redshirted. An Illinois men's basketball spokesperson confirmed Higgs has entered his name in the portal. Higgs also sent out a tweet confirming the news.
"In regard to the news I will be transferring from Illinois I would like to say that I had a great experience despite the circumstances I was under," Higgs wrote in the tweet. "I learned a tremendous amount about the game of basketball but more importantly I became a better person. This move was just what was best for both the me and the University. I am extremely appreciative of the coaching staff as (well) as the managers and my teammates. U of I will always hold a special place with me."
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He is the lone member of last season's team to have entered his name in the transfer portal so far. In that, another scholarship opened up for the Illini, leaving the program with thee open positions. Illinois has a verbal commitment from three-star big man Bernard Kouma, but he has not signed or visited the campus. Illinois signed four-star big man Kofi Cockburn last month.
Illinois also hosted graduate transfer TJ Holyfield from Stephen F. Austin last week and hosted junior college guard Tomas Woldetensae.
Higgs is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound big man who was a three-star recruit from Perry Hall High School in Baltimore, Maryland. He had previously given a verbal commitment to Ole Miss before signing with Illinois. He chose the Illini over Colorado and Virginia Tech.
In meeting with reporters last month to discuss the signing of Cockburn, Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said Higgs still had not been cleared to participate in workouts.
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