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Illinois G Terrence Shannon Jr. preparing for draft and rape trial – KNBR

Illinois G Terrence Shannon Jr. prepares for draft and rape trial.

CHICAGO – Terrence Shannon Jr. faces rape and sexual assault charges in Kansas next month in a trial scheduled to begin two weeks before the 2024 NBA Draft. The All-American guard from Illinois was briefly

CHICAGO – Terrence Shannon Jr. faces rape and sexual assault charges in Kansas next month in a trial scheduled to begin two weeks before the 2024 NBA Draft.

The All-American guard from Illinois was briefly suspended last season when the allegations became public, but won his reinstatement when a judge ruled he was suspended without due process. Shannon was not available to the media upon his return and did not discuss the matter publicly until asked about his status at the NBA Draft Combine on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m fine. I’m perfectly fine mentally. I’m controlling what I can control and that’s taking things day by day and that’s been working. Getting me ready to fulfill my dream of playing in the NBA,” Shannon said.

“I have a trial on June 10. I can’t really talk much about it, but I’m looking forward to my day in court.”

Shannon, 23, is projected as a first-round pick, but his status is obviously subject to NBA and team investigators who are working to learn more details about the alleged incident in Lawrence, Kansas. Shannon was on a trip with friends and teammates to the University of Kansas before Illinois played the Jayhawks in a football game on Friday night.

The alleged incident occurred on September 9, 2023 at Jayhawk Cafe. A preliminary hearing was held in Douglas County, Kansas, and Shannon was ordered to appear at trial.

He said he will be open and share his side with NBA teams who want to know what happened if his lawyers allow him to discuss it.

After a temporary restraining order ended Shannon’s suspension, he was allowed to rejoin the team and return to the lineup. In the final 18 games of his career, he averaged 25.4 points and helped Illinois reach the Elite Eight in the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

Shannon said he wants to prove himself on the court after a stellar college career at Texas Tech and Illinois, where he played the last two seasons. But he is limited by a hamstring injury and will not participate in full-court practice or athletic testing during this week’s event.

“I feel like I’m the best two-way player in this draft,” Shannon said. “I feel like I bring intensity, a lot of character, I compete at the highest level and I’m never going to take a day off.”