A little more. His first breakout game was earlier versus ... (Drumroll) ... Purdue. Pleased with his development. Getting some offensive mojo on top of the rebounding and toughness. When he gets comfortable with that midrange, and learns to pass the ball better ... lookout.Leron Black grew up a little tonight.
Thanks for posting these!1. I am happy to report that our two must-win games have been won! We pulled away at the end in this one, but Nebraska made of a game of it with their big run to open the second half. By the end though, it was smooth sailing for the Illini.
2. Nebraska played hard in this one, and they were short-handed with Pitchford injured, but they are also not very good. It is not a total lack of talent, but their lack of any sort of consistent outside threat really hurts them.
3. Before I get to the individual players, let me thank all of our seniors for picking Illinois and giving us their best. We will miss you all!
4. Ray went out in style. He is back, and that is good news because we need him from here on out. Way to close it out on the homecourt in style, Ray!
5. At the other end of the spectrum, Leron Black turned in another excellent performance as a freshman. He didn't get a huge number of minutes in this one, but he did a lot of good things in the minutes he got.
6. Nnanna Egwu played his game. He may not be the most talented player on the court, but nobody plays with more heart than Nnanna. I know Coach Groce is going to be sorry to see him go. He was everywhere with his three blocks and multiple intimidations in the first half, but in the second he took a physical licking and just kept kicking. We will miss him.
7. Malcolm and Kendrick were not spectacular in this one, but they were solid contributors. It was good to see them both turn in good efforts as we get to the home stretch.
8. One more time, Austin Colbert is definitely getting better. He is not there yet, but he has made major strides this season. Keep working, Austin.
9. Well, it's down to the big one. It will likely be a war in West Lafayette, but that's why these guys play the game. Go get 'em, Illini!
Absolutely. I think out of respect to the rebrand effort you finish the season out with the others but starting next year, the fighting illini unis every game. Also the gray unis as an alt. and either keep the orange ones or make new ones again as another alt.Hallelujah with the throwbacks! Those need to be the official home uniform again.