Photos from the Illinois-Nebraska Men's Basketball game on March 2, 2013 at Assembly Hall.
2011-12 JUNIOR: Third-team All-Big Ten (coaches) ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) ... NABC second-team All-District 7 ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Third in the Big Ten in scoring during conference play at 17.7 ppg ... Averaged 14.7 points in all games (14th in Big Ten) ... Also led team in assists at 2.9 apg and double-digit scoring games (25) and was second in rebounding at 4.7 rpg ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in steals in conference play and seventh overall at 1.7 spg ... Started 30 of 32 games, averaging 33.4 minutes ... Had seven 20-point games and was the UI's leading scorer in 11 contests ... Posted first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Missouri (Dec. 22) ... Tallied 21 points and matched a career best with six assists while playing a career-high 48 minutes vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27) ... Scored a team-high 17 points and equaled a career high with five steals at Purdue (Dec. 31) ... Named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week following his record-setting 43-point performance vs. Ohio State (Jan. 10) ... His career-high 43 points against the Buckeyes ranked as the third-most in a game in school history and tied for the fifth-highest single-game total in the NCAA during the season ... Made a career-best 8-of-10 from three-point range vs. OSU to match the Illinois record for most three-pointers in a game ... Also scored Illinois' final 15 points of the game ov∆r the last 2:40, outscoring Ohio State 15-8 down the stretch ... Turned in second-best scoring performance of his career with 28 points and nine rebounds at Minnesota (Jan. 28) ... Tallied a game-high 18 points, including 13 of team's 20 second half points, vs. Michigan State (Jan. 31) ... Became the 46th 1,000-point scorer in Illinois history vs. Iowa (Feb. 26) ... Scored 22 points at Wisconsin (March 4).
2010-11 SOPHOMORE: Played in all 34 games, starting 10 ... Fourth on team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points ... Led team in steals (1.1 spg), was second in assists (2.1 apg) and fifth in rebounds (3.1 rpg) ... Scored in double figures 13 times, including three 20-point games, and led the team in scoring five times ... Scored a season-high 23 points, including 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line, vs. Purdue (Feb. 13) ... Tallied 18 points on season-high six 3-pointers in season opener vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 8) and made first five 3-point attempts of the game, all coming in the first half ... Twice notched a career-high five steals, vs. Toledo (Nov. 10) and vs. Michigan (March 11) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Earned first start of season at Western Michigan (Nov. 27), scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting ... Equaled season high with two blocks vs. UIC (Dec. 18) ... 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, vs. Michigan State (Jan. 18) ... Tied season high with five assists vs. Penn State (Feb. 1) ... 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three, at Northwestern (Feb. 5) ... Scored 12 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, at Minnesota (Feb. 10) ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds vs. UNLV (March 18) in the NCAA Tournament.
2009-10 FRESHMAN: Played in all 36 games, starting 14 times ... Illinois' fifth-leading scorer, averaging 7.8 points ... Averaged 3.1 rebounds and ranked third on team with 42 offensive boards ... Set Illini freshman scoring record in a debut with 22 points vs. SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 13), breaking previous record of 21 set in 1990 by UI's all-time leading scorer Deon Thomas ... Had second-straight 20-point outing with 20 points - all in the first half - vs. Northern Illinois (Nov. 17) ... Recorded third 20-point game at Clemson (Dec. 2) with 20 points ... Scored 17 points vs. Gonzaga (Jan. 2) ... Grabbed career-high nine rebounds vs. Minnesota (Feb. 27) ... Following the season, traveled to Germany and Belgium on a foreign tour trip with Global Sports Academy.
Consensus Top 50 recruit averaged 19.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals as a senior, leading Warren to the IHSA sectional finals ... 2009 Illinois Mr. Basketball, as selected by the Chicago Tribune and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ... Consensus first-team All-State pick as a senior by the Associated Press (AP), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and IBCA ... Ranked No. 49 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 35 by Prep Stars and No. 42 by Rivals.com ... Averaged 20 points and six rebounds as a junior, earning first-team All-State honors by the AP and News-Gazette, second-team All-State accolades by the Sun-Times and IBCA and special mention All-State by the Tribune ... High school coach at Warren was Chuck Ramsey ... Played for the Team NLP AAU program, coached by former Chicago Bull Dickey Simpkins.
Born April 30, 1991 ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism ... Parents are Cliff Sr. and Lynda Paul ... Has two brothers, Cliff Jr., who attended the University of Illinois, and a younger brother, Darius, who is a freshman on the basketball team at Western Michigan ... Father served in the Navy and is a police officer ... Mother is a financial planner ... Mother played basketball at Ball State and formerly ran the AAU basketball program Illinois HoopStars ... Father played semi-pro football for the Racine (Wis.) Raiders ... Favorite athlete is Dwyane Wade ... Favorite basketball memory was "Watching Illinois play in the national championship game and deciding I wanted to go there" ... Worked as a weekly mentor during high school at a behavior correction middle school.