Men's Basketball


Bill Cole
Bill Cole
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Peoria, Ill.

High School:
Richwoods

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 215

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
06/12/1989

03/18/2011

MBB vs. UNLV - 3/18/11

AP photos from today's NCAA Tournament game.

02/10/2011

MBB vs. Minnesota - 2/10/11

MBB vs. Minnesota - 2/10/11

01/27/2011

MBB vs. Indiana - 1/27/11

MBB vs. Indiana - 1/27/11

11/30/2010

Illini Best Tar Heels :: Nov. 30, 2010

Illini Best Tar Heels :: Nov. 30, 2010

11/08/2010

Illinois Defeats UC Irvine, 79-65

The Fighting Illini begin the season with a 1-0 record.

AT ILLINOIS

2010-11 SENIOR: Started 24 of 34 games, averaging a career-best 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds ... Averaged 20.7 minutes and matched a career high with 34 minutes vs. Iowa (Feb. 26) ... 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and a career-best 4-of-4 from the free throw line vs. Northern Colorado (Dec. 12) ... Season-high 14 points and six rebounds, including a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from behind the arc at Iowa ... Scored 11 points and shot 3-of-5 from three-point range vs. Wisconsin ... Had the defensive assignment on Northwestern's John Shurna and limited him to single-digit points (7) for the first time all season ... Six points and three assists on Senior Day vs. Indiana (March 5) ... Scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from three against Michigan (March 11) in the Big Ten Tournament.

2009-10 JUNIOR: Team Co-Captain ... Named team's Most Improved Player by coaching staff ... Played in all 36 games, starting the last 22, and averaged a 4.4 points ... Averaged 21.3 minutes per game, more than quadrupling his playing time from his sophomore season ... Second in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting during conference play at 44.2 percent (23-52) ... Fourth on the Illini with an average of 3.2 rebounds, and fourth on the team with 38 offensive rebounds ... Earned first career start vs. Iowa (Jan. 5) ... Scored career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers vs. Minnesota (Feb. 27) ... Had 14 points and shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range vs. Wisconsin (March 7) ... Netted 12 points at Penn State (Jan. 27), hitting four 3-pointers ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at Wisconsin (Feb. 9) ... Played career-best 34 minutes in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal vs. Wisconsin (March 12).

2008-09 SOPHOMORE: Played in 17 games, averaging 1.6 points and 0.8 rebounds ... Scored a season-high nine points in 10 minutes against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal, making 3-of-6 three-pointers ... Scored five points and tied season high with three rebounds vs. Detroit (Dec. 20) ... Also grabbed three boards vs. Eastern Washington (Nov. 14).

2007-08 FRESHMAN: Appeared in 12 games on the season before missing the last 14 games with a leg injury ... Averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game ... Scored a season-high six points in first career game vs. Northeastern (Nov. 11) ... Grabbed a season-high three rebounds in three games, at Hawaii (Nov. 16), vs. Arizona State (Nov. 19) and vs. Loyola-MD (Dec. 28) ... Had two blocks vs. Arizona State.

HIGH SCHOOL
Four-year varsity letterwinner ... Averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as a senior ... First-ever two-time Class AA Player of the Year by the Peoria Journal Star ... First-team All-State selection as a senior by the Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and IBCA and second-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... Averaged 15.5 points, nine rebounds and four blocks as a junior, leading Richwoods to a runner-up finish at the 2006 IHSA Class AA state tournament ... First-team All-State as a junior by the IBCA and second-team All-State by Chicago Tribune and News-Gazette ... Class AA South MVP of the 2007 IBCA All-Star Game ... Three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... High school coach was Mike Ellis.

PERSONAL
Born June 12, 1989 ... Parents are Terry and Ann Cole ... Majoring in agricultural and consumer economics-policy, international trade, and development ... Sister, Stephanie, graduated from the University of Illinois ... Younger brother, T.J., attends Indiana University ... Father was a four-year letterwinner at defensive end on the Illini football team from 1980-83, participating on the UI's 1983 Big Ten Championship squad that played in the Rose Bowl ... Uncle, Mike O'Brien, played basketball at Illinois ...Biggest thrill in sports was playing in the 2006 state championship game ... Favorite athletes are Dirk Nowitzki and Fernando Torres ... Favorite Illini athletes growing up were center Robert Archibald and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.

Cole's Career Statistics

Minutes Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2007-08 12-0 81 6.8 11 21 .524 3 10 .300 3 7 .429 7 10 17 1.4 8 0 2 7 6 4 28 2.3
2008-09 17-0 76 4.5 9 25 .360 6 16 .375 3 9 .333 5 8 13 0.8 15 0 4 2 3 1 27 1.6
2009-10 36-22 766 21.3 57 124 .460 29 77 .377 14 23 .609 38 78 116 3.2 72 4 36 24 22 24 157 4.4
2010-11 34-24 704 20.7 58 126 .460 32 87 .368 18 23 .783 30 56 86 2.5 64 1 43 12 16 19 166 4.9
TOTAL 99-46 1627 16.4 135 296 .456 70 190 .368 38 62 .613 80 152 232 2.3 159 5 85 45 47 48 378 3.8


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