Tony Yates passes away

#2
Saw him play against St Louis U in 62. Didn't look to score, good point guard, cat quick. It was always 5 on 4 and you had the 4 because Yates would take your best player and stone cold shut him down. Great defensive player.
 
#7
First meet Yates and Jimmy Collins at the old Chancellor Inn during the IHSA boys basketball tourney in the late 70s....TY was a good guy and helped bring the basketball program back to relevancy under coach Henson.....RIP and prayers to the family
 
#8
Forgottonia
Tony spoke at my frat his first year at Illinois. I remember being very impressed. I think we all went and bought season tickets after that.

RIP and thanks for being an Illini.
 
#9
Tennessee
Tony's work helped re-start the basketball program.

One the many smart things Lou Henson did was keeping Tony on staff after Lou was hired to replace Gene Bartow.