Jon Ekey scored 6.5 points per game for Illinois State during the 2012-13 season. (Photo by B Corbin/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
CHAMPAIGN - Reports say former Illinois State forward Jon Ekey said Tuesday he will transfer to Illinois for his senior season.
Ekey announced two weeks ago that he would be leaving Illinois State. He will graduate with a degree in business administration next month, so he will be eligible to play next season for Illini coach John Groce.
"I just think it's the Big Ten," Ekey told ESPNChicago.com. "It's one of the conferences growing up I wish I could play in. It has some of the best teams in the country. It's close to where I've been the last four years. I have a lot of my friends here. Illinois has a great business school. It's just a great school."
Ekey will be reunited with Illinois assistant coach Paris Parham, who had been an assistant at ISU under Tim Jankovich.
Ekey averaged 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while playing 23 minutes per game for the Redbirds in 33 games last season. He started 18 of those games but came off the bench later in the season in favor of senior John Wilkins.
Ekey was one of the three Redbirds to announce plans to transfer from ISU after the season, along with Jordan Threloff and Zeke Upshaw.