Meyers Leonard looks back before taking off for NBA

Leonard said he has favorable memories of his brief career at Illinois. He keeps in touch with some of his former teammates, speaks often with Weber and recently had dinner with former assistant Jerrance Howard and former teammate Crandall Head in Dallas.

"It was a good experience (at Illinois)," Leonard said. "I came in my freshman year pretty highly recruited. I loved the coaching staff and loved the guys on the team. I kind of went through the freshman grind and didn't play as much as I expected to, playing behind two senior bigs, who I respected. I really made a turn after that season.

"I knew I had a chance to be a starter and a leader. This past year, we had our ups and downs, there's no doubt about it. But the thing that remained constant is we had a great group of people. I loved every minute of it with them. Every step in life you learn lessons and become more mature. That was all part of it."

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2014-2015 Illini Basketball Schedule

Home: 13-2 | Away: 2-7 | Neutral: 3-2
Record: 18-11 (8-8)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 14Georgia SouthernW 80-71
Sun, Nov 16Coppin StateW 114-56
Fri, Nov 21Austin PeayW 107-66
Mon, Nov 24BrownW 89-68
Thu, Nov 27Indiana StateW 88-62
Fri, Nov 28BaylorW 62-54
Tue, Dec 2at Miami FLL 70-61
Sat, Dec 6AmericanW 70-55
Tue, Dec 9VillanovaL 73-59
Sat, Dec 13OregonL 77-70
Wed, Dec 17HamptonW 73-55
Sat, Dec 20MissouriW 62-59
Sat, Dec 27Kennesaw StateW 93-45
Tue, Dec 30at MichiganL 73-65 (OT)
Sat, Jan 3at Ohio StateL 77-61
Wed, Jan 7MarylandW 64-57
Sun, Jan 11at NebraskaL 53-43
Wed, Jan 14at NorthwesternW 72-67
Sun, Jan 18IndianaL 80-74
Wed, Jan 21PurdueW 66-57
Sat, Jan 24at MinnesotaL 79-71
Sat, Jan 31Penn StateW 60-58
Tue, Feb 3RutgersW 66-54
Sat, Feb 7at Michigan StateW 59-54
Thu, Feb 12MichiganW 64-52 (OT)
Sun, Feb 15at WisconsinL 68-49
Sun, Feb 22Michigan StateL 60-53
Wed, Feb 25at IowaL 68-60
Sat, Feb 28NorthwesternW 86-60
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