Trail Blazers take Illini center in lottery
Forward averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds last year at Coastal Carolina.
Freshman Abrams Named Team MVP
Illini center averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks as a sophomore
Winter Sports Earn Academic Honors
Photos from Illinois' 64-61 loss to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament (photos by Mark Jones and AP)
Illinois at Wisconsin March 4, 2012
Illinois vs. Michigan March 1, 2012
Illinois vs. Iowa Feb. 26, 2012
Photos from the Illinois men's basketball game vs. Iowa at Assembly Hall on Feb. 26, 2012. (photos by Mark Cowan)
AT ILLINOIS2011-12 SOPHOMORE: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (media and coaches) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Led team in rebounding at 8.2 rpg (3rd in Big Ten); field goal percentage at 58.4 percent (3rd in Big Ten, 11th in NCAA); and blocks at 1.9 bpg (1st in Big Ten) ... Second on team in scoring at 13.6 ppg (16th in Big Ten) ... Scored in double figures 21 times, including six 20-point games, and was the UI's top scorer in 10 contests ... Total of 60 blocks and average of 1.9 bpg rank second in Illini single-season history ... Tallied career-high six blocks in opener vs. Loyola Chicago (Nov. 11) ... Posted first double-double with career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds while also blocking five shots vs. Richmond (Nov. 22) ... Game-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes vs. Gonzaga (Dec. 3) ... Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Dec. 5 after leading Illini to wins over Maryland and Gonzaga, averaging 16.5 points, six rebounds and two blocks ... Double-double vs. Coppin State (Dec. 11) with 18 points and 11 rebounds ... Notched a double-double with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and career-high 16 rebounds vs. Cornell (Dec. 19) ... Turned in another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds to go along with a career-high five assists vs. Missouri (Dec. 22) ... Earned second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor Dec. 26 following games against Missouri and Cornell ... Recorded third-straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds along with five blocks vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27) ... Had game-saving block at Northwestern (Jan. 4) ... Double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 22) ... Another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds to go along with four blocks at Minnesota (Jan. 28) ... Totaled 21 points on a career-best 10-of-12 shooting vs. Northwestern (Feb. 5) ... 21 points at Ohio State (Feb. 22) ... Posted eighth double-double of the season by matching a career-high 22 points to go with 14 rebounds vs. Iowa (Feb. 26) ... Finished season with 18 points vs. Iowa in Big Ten Tournament (March 8).
2010-11 FRESHMAN: Played in 33 games, averaging 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds ... Shot 48.3 percent from the field (28-58) ... 14 of his 28 field goals were dunks ... Made Illinois debut vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 8) ... Recorded 10 points, a season-high six rebounds and season-best two blocks vs. Toledo (Nov. 10) ... Eight points on 3-of-3 shooting vs. Yale (Nov. 23) ... Scored a season-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. Northwestern (Jan. 6), helping the Illini break the school record for field goal percentage ... Season-high two assists vs. Ohio State (Jan. 22) ... Made first career start at Minnesota (Feb. 10) ... Five rebounds in three minutes vs. Michigan (Feb. 16) ... Matched a season high with two blocks vs. Indiana (March 5) ... Four points vs. UNLV (March 18) in the NCAA Tournament.
HIGH SCHOOLConsensus Top-50 recruit averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a senior, leading Robinson to the 2010 IHSA Class 2A State Championship ... Consensus first-team All-State selection as a senior by the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ... Following his senior season, named to the USA Basketball Junior Select Team that competed in the annual Nike Hoop Summit in April ... Ranked No. 29 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 19 by Scout.com, No. 24 by Hoopmasters and No. 31 by Rivals.com ... Averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks as a junior ... Special mention All-State by the News-Gazette and IBCA as a junior ... High school coach was Bob Coffman ... Played for the Mac Irvin Fire AAU program with teammates Crandall Head and Jereme Richmond.
PERSONALBorn February 27, 1992 ... Mother is Tracie Leonard ... Father is the late Jim Leonard ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, general curriculum ... Has two older brothers, Chris and Bailey ... Brother, Bailey, is a U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan ... Biggest thrill in sports was "winning state my senior year" ... Favorite athlete is Dirk Nowitzki ... Four-year member of the Honor Roll in high school ... Credits Mitch Hannahs and Scott Rawlings as the people who have most influenced his athletic career because, "They've pushed me to be the best I can be."