Redshirt freshman Simpson leaving Illini

Illinois' Stan Simpson, who played at Simeon Academy in Chicago, has left the Illini basketball team, the school announced Thursday.

"Stan faced a number of challenges during his time here," coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. "He is looking for more playing time and a fresh start, and we will monitor his academic progress this spring while assisting him in the transfer process."

Simpson was a redshirt freshman.