A product of Gill St. Bernard’s in Gladstone, NJ, the 6-foot-9, 210 pound Colbert could not crack Illinois head coach John Groce’s rotation and averaged just 6.5 minutes per game over his two seasons with the Illini.
Over that stretch, the team went 39-29 (16-20 Big Ten) and earned two trips to the NIT.
Colbert will now sit out a year and hope to revitalize his collegiate career with a program at which he will likely get more minutes on the hardwood. Old Dominion went 27-9 (13-5 CUSA) and got as far as the NIT Semifinals in 2015, and having a top recruit like Colbert could help push the team over the top. The Monarchs on the verge of getting back to the big dance, and Colbert could easily be the key.
Either way, this is a huge get for Old Dominion and, potentially, a big loss for Illinois, even if Colbert couldn’t crack Groce’s rotation.
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