Tony Yates passes away

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.
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
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.
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.