LaTulip joins Illini as preferred walk-on

April, 30, 2012
Illinois coach John Groce announced on Monday the addition of Prospect senior guard Mike LaTulip as a preferred walk-on.

LaTulip, a 6-foot combo guard, averaged 22 points, four assists and two rebounds during his senior season at Prospect. He also made 75 3-pointers and shot 38.5 percent from 3-point range.

LaTulip committed to Illinois while Bruce Weber was coach and recently made a campus visit to meet with Groce.

"We are pleased that Mike will attend the University of Illinois and join our basketball team," Groce said in a statement. "He is a prolific scorer and without question one of the best shooters in the state of Illinois. He turned down many scholarship opportunities to walk-on here, so we feel fortunate to add a player of Mike's caliber to our program."

Groce also recently added Drake transfer Rayvonte Rice to his roster. Rice will have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules.
Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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