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Illinois G Andre Curbelo enters transfer portal

Mar 17, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Andre Curbelo (5) and Fighting Illini guard Alfonso Plummer (11) stand on the court during practice before the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois guard Andre Curbelo entered the NCAA transfer portal Monday following two seasons with the program.

Curbelo appeared in just 19 games (four starts) for the Fighting Illini in 2021-22, missing much of the first half of the season with a concussion.

As a result, he had a down year after a promising freshman campaign. He averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds while playing 19.3 minutes per game.

“These past two years have been insane,” Curbelo wrote in a social media post thanking Illinois fans. “So many amazing moments and some hard times that we had to battle through. I am so thankful I could be a part of this program. Without my teammates and staff, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all of (the) things that I did personally & that WE did collectively. I’m thankful that I was a part of two amazing teams here at the University of Illinois & for the relationships I have made.”

Illinois (23-10, 15-5 Big Ten) shared the regular-season conference title with Wisconsin and earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament before losing 68-53 to Houston in the second round.

In 50 games over two seasons, Curbelo has NCAA career averages of 8.5 points, 3.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals.

–Field Level Media