Seniors Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey will play their final game at State Farm Center
Fighting Illini display 'toughness and togetherness' in close loss to No. 15 Iowa
Joseph Bertrand scored 20 points and Rayvonte Rice added 13 and pulled down nine rebounds for the Illini
Joseph Bertrand tallied his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds against Jacksonville State.
Joseph Bertrand scores 20 points and grabs 10 rebounds in win over Jacksonville State.
Illinois vs. Indiana - Big Ten Tournament
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 12/12 Michigan Wolverines at State Farm Center on March 4, 2014.
The Fighting Illini hosted Nebraska at State Farm Center on Feb. 26, 2014.
Illinois men's basketball hosted No. 22/20 at Ohio State on Feb. 15, 2014. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois Basketball vs. Wisconsin at State Farm Center Feb. 4, 2014
AT ILLINOIS2013-14 SENIOR: Started 23 games and played in all 35 contests ... Led the Illini in field goal percentage at 48.1 percent ... Ranked third in scoring (8.5 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (3.8 rpg) on the team ... Shared the team's 6th-Man Award with Jon Ekey ... 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds in 24 minutes vs. Alabama State (Nov. 8) ... Notched first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 7-of-9 from the field and a career-best 6-of-8 from the line vs. Jacksonville State (Nov. 10) ... 14 points and six rebounds vs. Valparaiso (Nov. 13) ... 12 points, eight rebounds and two steals vs. Chicago State (Nov. 22) ... 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. IPFW (Nov. 29) ... Matched a career high with 39 minutes and had 13 points and seven rebounds vs. Indiana (Dec. 31) ... 18 points and nine rebounds at Wisconsin (Jan. 8) ... Game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting at Ohio State (Jan. 23) ... Equaled season-high with 20 points vs. Iowa (Feb. 1).
2012-13 JUNIOR: Played in 35 games, starting five times ... Won team's 6th-Man Award ... Fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 7.3 points ... Scored in double figures 10 times ... Led Illini in field goal percentage, shooting 50.2 percent (102-203) ... Third on the team in rebounding, averaging 4.1 rpg ... Team-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with six rebounds vs. Chaminade (Nov. 20) ... 13 points, six rebounds and three steals vs. Gardner-Webb (Nov. 25) ... After the Illini trailed 58-54 late in the game against Georgia Tech (Nov. 28), Bertrand scored 10-straight points, including two 3-pointers, to give the Illini a 64-58 lead, scoring a team-high 15 points in the game ... Hit 4-of-5 field goals for nine points at Gonzaga (Dec. 8) ... 13 points vs. Missouri (Dec. 22) ... 14 points and seven rebounds at Purdue (Jan. 2) ... 12 points and a career-high three blocked shots vs. Ohio State (Jan. 5) ... 12 points and seven boards at Wisconsin (Jan. 12) ... Eight rebounds and a career-high five steals with seven points at Nebraska (Jan. 22) ... Season-high 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting with seven boards vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 3) ... Grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Purdue (Feb. 13), tying the most boards by an Illini on the season ... 10 points vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal (March 15).
2011-12 SOPHOMORE: Played in all 32 games and started 14 times ... Fourth on the team in scoring at 6.5 ppg ... Scored in double figures 11 times and led the UI in scoring in two games ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage during conference play at 52 percent ... Posted 11 points and a season-high eight rebounds vs. Lipscomb (Nov. 17) ... Matched the best single-game shooting percentage in school history, hitting a perfect 9-of-9 from the field and scoring 19 points vs. Missouri (Dec. 22) ... Tallied 13 points and hit first four shots vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27) to finish with a streak of 13 consecutive field goals made ... Made first career start at Purdue (Dec. 31) and scored eight points ... Equaled season high with eight rebounds and scored 10 points at Northwestern (Jan. 4) ... Notched a career-high 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting vs. Nebraska (Jan. 7) ... Posted his second double-digit made field goal streak with 12 after hitting final four shots at Northwestern and first eight baskets vs. Nebraska ... Dished out a career-best five assists while scoring 15 points vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 22) ... Matched a career high with five assists vs. Purdue (Feb. 15) and at Nebraska (Feb. 18).
2010-11 FRESHMAN: Played in 15 games, averaging 1.1 points ... Saw first career action vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 8) ... Scored a season-high five points in 17 minutes vs. Toledo (Nov. 10) ... Tallied four points vs. Indiana (March 5).
2009-10 REDSHIRT: Sat out the season as a redshirt ... Had knee surgery Sept. 11, 2009, to repair torn lateral meniscus in his right knee ... Following the season, traveled to Poland on a foreign tour trip with Athletes in Action sports ministry.
HIGH SCHOOLSterling's all-time leading scorer ... Averaged 15.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals as a senior ... First-team All-State by Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA), second-team All-State by Associated Press (AP) and Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and special mention All-State by Chicago Tribune as a senior ... Two-time IHSA Class 3A slam dunk champion as a junior and senior ... Averaged 14.3 points 4.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals as a junior, leading Sterling to IHSA Super-Sectional appearance ... Second-team All-State by AP, Chicago Sun-Times and the News-Gazette and special mention All-State by the Tribune as a junior ... IBCA special mention All-State as a sophomore ... High school coach was Peter Goff ... Played for the Illinois Wolves AAU program, coached by Mike Mullins.
PERSONALBorn March 23, 1991 ...Earned bachelor's degree in recreation, sport and tourism in August 2013 ... Now pursuing second degree in agricultural leadership education ... Served a summer internship in the Illinois ticket office for his final sport management degree requirement ... Mother is Lorita Bertrand ... Older brother, Justin, graduated from Augustana College and was a four-year member of the basketball team ... Played tennis and competed in gymnastics during childhood ... Member of the varsity tennis team at Sterling as a freshman ... Grandfather, Joe Bertrand, was one of the first two African-Americans to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame and went on to become a 1,000-point scorer ... Favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant ... Prom king as a senior at Sterling ... Lists his mother for most influencing his athletic career because, "She always has supported me in whatever I wanted to do."