Illinois men's basketball hosted No. 22/20 at Ohio State on Feb. 15, 2014. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
2013-14 SENIOR: Played in all 35 games and started 23 times ... Ranked third on the team in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and fourth in scoring (7.3 ppg) ... Earned four team honors: TNT Award, Matt Heldman "Matto" Award, 6th-Man Award and Orange Krush 3-Point Shooting Award ... Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds (eight offensive) vs. Valparaiso (Nov. 13), marking the most by an Illini under coach Groce ... Scored a season-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-7 from distance, vs. Bradley (Nov. 17) ... Matched season-high with 19 points, including five three-pointers, vs. Chicago State (Nov. 22) ... 14 points, including 4-of-6 from three, and six rebounds vs. Auburn (Dec. 8) ... Hit a go-ahead three with under a minute remaining and notched eight points vs. Missouri (Dec. 21) ... 11 points and team-high eight rebounds vs. Penn State (Jan. 4) ... 11 points at Ohio State (Jan. 23) ... Equaled a season-high three steals at Minnesota (Feb. 19) ... Scored 12 points and hit game-winning three with 0.5 seconds left at Iowa (March 8) ... 11 points at Clemson (March 23) in the NIT.
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Totaled 668 points and 432 rebounds in 99 games over three seasons at Illinois State and was a career 36.5-percent 3-point shooter (112-307) ... Ranks sixth on the ISU all-time blocked shots list with 110 ... Started 18 of 33 games last season, averaging 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds ... Scored in double figures in 10 games, led by a season-high 18 points vs. Morgan State (Dec. 18, 2012) ... Started 32 of 35 games as a sophomore, posting career-high averages of 9.0 points and 4.9 rebounds ... Shot nearly 41 percent from 3-point range, making 59-of-145 from behind the arc ... Scored in double figures 16 times, led by a pair of season-high 19-point outings vs. Chicago State (Nov. 30, 2011) and Oakland (Feb. 18, 2012) ... Earned Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team honors after registering 14 points vs. Illinois in the title game (Nov. 23, 2011) ... Tallied a career-best 13 rebounds in back-to-back games vs. Northern Iowa (Dec. 29, 2011) and Southern Illinois (Jan. 1, 2012) ... Averaged 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds as a redshirt-freshman and led the Missouri Valley in blocked shots with 52 ... Scored a career-high 22 points against UNC-Wilmington (Dec. 20, 2010) ... Redshirted in 2010.
Averaged 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds and totaled 143 blocked shots as a senior ... Named Co-Player of the Year by the Independence Examiner ... Selected to play in the 2009 Mo-Kan All-Star Classic ... Averaged 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior and led the state of Missouri with 151 blocked shots, including 11 in a game vs. Lee's Summit North ... Two-time All-Area and All-Conference selection ... High school coach was John Vickers ... Played for the Kansas City Pump N' Run AAU program, coached by L.J. Goolsby.
Born Dec. 7, 1990 ... Enrolled in the UI master's program in recreation, sport and tourism ... Earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Illinois State in May 2013 ... Parents are Bill and Jill Ekey ... Has two older brothers, Mike and Geoff ... Two-time All-Missouri Valley Scholar Athlete.