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Illinois grabs 5th year Coastal Carolina transfer Sam McLaurin

May 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Sam McLaurin

Coastal Carolina forward Sam McLaurin has announced via Twitter that he will complete his fourth year of college eligibility at Illinois.

The Havana, Fla., native will graduate from Coastal Carolina and be able to play right away for one year under the NCAA’s 5th year transfer rule.

Standing 6-8, 230 pounds, McLaurin averaged 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Chanticleers last season, as part of a team that 19-12, including 12-6 in the Big South.

McLaurin’s best game of the season came against Virginia Military Institute on December 1, when he went for 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

In 2010-11, McLaurin was second in the Big South with 1.8 blocked shots per game.

New head coach John Groce takes over for Bruce Weber in 2012-13, after Weber was fired and was eventually hired to fill the vacancy at Kansas State.

Groce is coming off of a Sweet 16 run with Ohio.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. fnc111 - May 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Weber got fired bro. He didn’t leave to fill a vacancy at KSU. He got canned then interviewed at K State and got the job.

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