Here's your weird story of the day: Alex Legion, a highly touted guard who transferred to Illinois after a year's stay at Kentucky, is leaving the Illini. But, but ... he just got there! What gives, dude?
There isn't much of an explanation yet. Illinois coach Bruce Weber released a statement, which said a few nice things about Legion, but included approximately zilch about why Legion would actually leave, which makes things even more confusing. And I'm not the only one. It seems the Illini are likewise flummoxed:
"I didn't think he was unhappy," forward Mike Davis said. "I mean, he was happy. On the court, in practice, he was in the gym, working still. At home, you didn't see any signs of sadness or anything like that. I was surprised when I heard the news. I wish him well."
"We're going to miss him," center Mike Tisdale said. "He worked his butt off in the summer and he just kind of got in a slump and it didn't work out for him and I wish him well."
Legion was a highly anticipated entrant into the Illini family. When Legion was sitting out during his transfer year, Weber famously called Legion "Kobe" -- in reference to, obviously, Kobe Bryant -- based on Legion's performance in practice. But in game situations, Legion has looked anything but Kobe-esque. That has a lot to do with the fact that Kobe Bryant tends to average more than nine minutes per game; Kobe typically scores more than two points per game, too. These lines are not reminiscent of Kobe Bryant. They're not even reminiscent of Alex Legion. And with the influx of young guards into Weber's system this year -- freshman Brandon Paul chief among them -- Legion's minutes are dwindling even further.
Clearly, Legion never seemed to find his stride at Illinois, for whatever reason. This is not the first time. And his exit from Kentucky, in which his mother claimed her son was preordained by Jesus and the Holy Spirit to play basketball at the highest levels in a story by the Lexington Herald-Leader, doesn't exactly portend stability.
In the end, it's hard to figure anything from Legion's transfer, except that Alex Legion sure seems to like a good transfer. Lesson, um, learned?