CHAMPAIGN-- John Groce's front-court just got bigger. Charlotte fifth year transfer Mike Thorne has committed to the Illini, according to CBS Sports' John Rothstein.
Thorne averaged 10.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game at Charlotte last season. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound senior is eligible to play immediately.
Thorne fills a big need for Illinois, after the program announced earlier this week that power forward Austin Colbert is transferring.