1999-2000 Junior: Joined the team after the fall semester in 1998 and became eligible beginning with the Penn State game on Jan. 22 of 1999-2000 season o Played in 10 games, with his first action coming at Michigan St. on Jan. 30, where he knocked down his first field-goal attempt of the year, a three o Scored two points in home victory over Iowa on Feb. 12 o Also scored a basket in closing moments of the Illini victory over Indiana on Feb. 22 o Played a season high three minutes against Northwestern on Mar. 4 o Had a basket in win over Penn Stateat the Big Ten Tournament o Scored nine points in nine games on the year.
1998-99 Redshirt Season: Transferred to Illinois from Florida International and was a walk-on for the Illini...Joined the team after the fall semester in 1998 and became eligible following the 1999 fall semester.
1997-98 Sophomore: Came off the bench in 22 games and averaged 3.6 ppg and 1.3 rpg...Scored a career-high 22 points and added five rebounds against Mercer (1/10).
1996-97 Freshman: Was named to the conference All-Tournament team after averaging 14.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in the tournament...He recorded 10 double figure scoring games including a double-double against Georgia State with 18 points and 11 rebounds...Averaged 7.6 ppg and 3.0 rpg in 28 contests...Was a career 78 percent free throw shooter at FIU.
Carbondale Community's Athlete of the Year in 1996 after averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior...Sank 90 three-point field goals in 1996...Selected Mr. Basketball in Southern Illinois and the Player of the year by The Southern Illinoisan ...Helped lead Carbondale to a runner-up state finish and regional championship in 1995-96...Honor roll student all four years.
Born Jan. 6, 1978...Son of Daniel and Lillian Cross...Older brother Dan played for Lon Kruger at the University of Florida and was a member of the Gators' 1994 Final Four team...Joe's favorite athlete is his brother, Dan, because of all his accomplishments-Final Four, playing in the NBA, CBA and now overseas, being a good husband, father and brother and, "He is continuing to be strong in his faith in God and in his desire to play basketball." ... The group most influential in Joe's athletic career is his family because, "We never give up and we know that with God all things are possible."
CROSS' CAREER STATISTICS
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