Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork will play the 2017-18 season with the Illinois Fighting Illini. The 6’5″ guard averaged 19.0 points per game last season en route to being named to the All-Horizon League First Team. He scored over 1,000 points as a Wright State Raider, despite just playing there the last two seasons. He played as a true freshman at Ball State before transferring to WSU. Alstork will finish his college career with the unique distinction of playing for a different head coach during each season that he played. He picked the Illini over South Carolina, LSU, and Pittsburgh, and also considered Louisville and Georgetown earlier in the process.
Expect Alstork, a versatile guard who can create his own shot and is adept at driving to the basket, to flourish under new Illinois coach Brad Underwood’s offensive-minded system. Despite losing guards Malcolm Hill and Tracy Abrams to graduation, the Illini will have a strong chance to qualify for the NCAA Tournament next season with an at-large bid. Alstork was one of the best players in the Horizon League the past two seasons. Given his strong ball-handling skills, ability to shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, and his competitive spirit, Alstork’s talents should translate into him becoming one of the top guards in the Big Ten next season.