Illinois men's basketball hosted No. 22/20 at Ohio State on Feb. 15, 2014. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
2012-13 SOPHOMORE: Started 35 of 36 games, averaging 6.5 points ... Led team in rebounding with average of 4.9 rpg ... Fourth in Big Ten in blocked shots, averaging 1.4 bpg ... One of three recipients of team's Most Improved Player award ... Scored in double figures six times on the season, led by career-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting vs. Ohio State (Jan. 5) ... Recorded first career double-double with 12 points and career-high 12 rebounds vs. Miami in NCAA Tournament Third Round (March 24) ... 12 boards vs. Miami equaled the most by an Illini on the season ... 10 points and career-high three assists vs. St. Francis-N.Y. (Nov. 12) ... Four blocked shots at Hawaii (Nov. 16) ... Made first career 3-pointer vs. Western Carolina (Dec. 4) ... Blocked four shots vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 16) ... 12 points and nine rebounds (six offensive) vs. Missouri (Dec. 22) ... Career- and team-season-high five blocked shots at Purdue (Jan. 2) ... Eight points, nine boards and three blocks vs. Minnesota (Jan. 9) ... Tied career high with three steals vs. Northwestern (Jan. 17) ... Eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks at Nebraska (Jan. 22) ... Had 10 boards again the next game vs. Michigan (Jan. 27) ... 14 points and seven boards vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 3) ... 10 points vs. Nebraska (March 2) ... Seven rebounds at Iowa (3/5) ... Four blocks vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal (March 15) ... Seven points and eight rebounds vs. Colorado in NCAA Tournament Second Round (March 22).
2011-12: FRESHMAN: Played in all 32 games and started three times ... Averaged 1.9 ppg and 1.5 rpg ... Earned first career start in opener vs. Loyola Chicago (Nov. 11), totaling four points, a season-high six rebounds and three blocks ... Had a career-high three steals vs. SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 14) ... Tallied a season-best four blocks vs. Lipscomb (Nov. 17) ... Turned in season-high 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting vs. Chicago State (Nov. 27) ... Scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and free throw line in eight minutes at Northwestern (Jan. 4) ... Also started vs. Iowa (Feb. 26) and at Wisconsin (March 4).
Consensus top-100 recruit averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as a senior ... First-team All-State selection by the Associated Press, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ... Second-team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Third-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... All-Area by the Sun-Times ... Chicago Catholic League-North Division Co-Athlete of the Year, along with current Illini teammate Mike Shaw ... Ranked No. 78 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 67 by Scout.com and No. 69 by ESPN ... Averaged 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks as a junior ... Fourth-team All-State by the IBCA and special mention All-State by the News-Gazette as a junior ... High school coach was Rich Kehoe ... Played for the Illinois Wolves AAU program, coached by Mike Mullins.
Born Oct. 22, 1992 ... Majoring in communication ... Parents are Emmanuel and Immaculata Egwu ... One of four children, he has a twin sister, Nnenna, who attends Purdue University, and also has a younger sister and younger brother ... Earliest basketball memory is playing in the Clarendon Park District in eighth grade ... Favorite athlete is Derrick Rose because "He is exciting to watch, and as talented as he is, he stays humble and calm on the floor" ... Favorite Fighting Illini player growing up was Deron Williams ... Served as Freshman Class President at St. Ignatius and was a three-time Intramural Coach of the Year.