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Monday, April 30, 2012
LaTulip joins Illini as preferred walk-on

By Scott Powers

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.