Illinois’ backcourt is taking a major hit this offseason.

On Monday, Jeff Borzello of ESPN reported that Andre Curbelo has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. The news comes after the Illini were defeated by Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Curbelo proved to be an instrumental part of Illinois’ success on both ends of the court each of the past two seasons. He was a great passer who was also capable of lighting it up when he got hot.

Curbelo averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game while playing in 31 contests during the year. He averaged more than 21 minutes of playing time, as well.

Last year, Curbelo averaged 9.1 points, 4.2 assists and 4 rebounds per game while playing less than 20 minutes.

Curbelo hit the double-digit point total in 6 games during the 2021-22 season, including a 20-point outing against Purdue — his best scoring day of the year. He played a key role in helping the Illini claim a share of a B1G regular season just one year after winning the B1G Tournament.

If it’s in his best interest, Curbelo can return to Champaign despite entering the transfer portal. He can now be contacted by other coaches about opportunities elsewhere.