Friday, March 29, 2013
Illinois' Shaw, Langford, Djimde to transfer
By Scott Powers
Illinois sophomore Mike Shaw said Friday he planned to transfer after the spring semester.
Redshirt freshman forward Devin Langford and sophomore center Ibby Djimde are also transferring from Illinois, according to a source. Langford, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound swingman, averaged 0.5 points, 0.8 rebounds and 4.3 minutes in 22 games this past season. Djimde, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound center, averaged 1.7 minutes in 11 games.
Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward, averaged 0.9 points, 0.8 rebounds and 3.6 minutes as a sophomore. Shaw, who played at De La Salle High School in Chicago, was ranked No. 91 in the Class of 2011 by ESPN and committed to the Illini over DePaul and Marquette.
"I met with the coaching staff after the season, and we both felt the best decision for me was to go somewhere else," Shaw said on Friday. "Definitely, it was hard for me. It's hard because I felt like family here and comfortable here. It's going to be hard, but it's going to be all right."
Shaw said his decision came down to playing time. He played in 20 games as a freshman and 14 games as a sophomore.
"At the end of the day, I'm trying to play," Shaw said. "I came to college to get an education and play basketball. It wasn't looking too good here to play and get as much playing time as I thought I would."
Shaw said he had a couple of schools already in mind, but he would not name them. He said he was excited to get an opportunity at another program.
"I feel like in a way it's a blessing," Shaw said. "It gives me another year to work on my game. Wherever I go, I'm going to compete. That's how I am. That's how I'm built. I'm going to give my best wherever I go like I did here."
Illinois went 23-13 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten and lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament to Miami this season.