Jalen James decommits from Illinois

Updated: May 31, 2012, 4:51 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Junior point guard Jalen James has decommitted from Illinois, according to his club coach.

James, a 6-foot-3 point guard at La Lumiere in Indiana, originally committed to former Illinois coach Bruce Weber in June of 2011, and he reaffirmed his commitment to the Illini after Weber was fired and replaced by John Groce.

"It was an amicable parting," Illinois Wolves club coach Mike Mullins said. "It was handled very well by Coach Groce and his staff and by Jalen and his family. Both sides are wishing each other the best, and that's the way it should turn out."

Mullins said he has already received phone calls from Florida State, Marquette, Nebraska, SMU and Tennessee regarding James.

"It looks like it'll be a win-win situation for everyone, and that's what we hoped," Mullins said.

James transferred to La Lumiere in La Porte, Ind., in January during his junior year to focus on his academics. He previously attended Hope Academy in Chicago.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. 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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