Bertrand creating #JoeTales on, off court

Bertrand is averaging a career-high 8.6 points and 21 minutes for the undefeated Illini. He's also shown an ability to step outside and has more 3-pointers this season (11) than he had his first two years (3).

"What's impressed me is his ability to come off the bench and be an impact guy,"said Illinois assistant coach Paris Parham, who works individually with Bertrand. "He's making shots. He's putting up numbers that are usually starters' numbers.

"Playing for coach Groce is the perfect style for Joe's style of play. I think coach Groce is a big-time players' coach. He gives the guys a lot of freedom. I don't think Joe was allowed to shoot 3s last year. It's helped his dribble-drive game."

Scott Powers

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