Illinois is doing everything it possibly can to avoid losing assistant coach Orlando Antigua this offseason, according to a report.

Illini assistant Orlando Antigua has been rumored to be moving on to Kentucky in the last few days, but Illinois has apparently made a counteroffer.

According to college basketball insider Adam Zagoria, the offer would make Antigua the highest-paid assistant in all of college basketball. The contract is for four years and north of $1 million per season, Zagoria reported.


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Antigua just finished his third season with Illinois. He joined Brad Underwood’s program after a stint as South Florida’s head coach. He has also been the Dominican Republic’s head coach in the past.

He has previously spent time with John Calipari at both Memphis and Kentucky, so the Wildcats’ pursuit makes a lot of sense.

According to Antigua’s Illinois bio, he’s credited with the development of All-Big Ten center Kofi Cockburn.

He’s expected to make a final decision soon.