Freshman Abrams Named Team MVP
Illini to Face Iowa on Thursday at 10:30 am in First Game of Tourney
Illini Looking for Fourth win at Kohl Center in last Eight Years
Final Home Game for Maniscalco, Selus
Illinois Looking For 7th Straight Win vs. Iowa
AT ILLINOIS2011-12 SENIOR: Played in nine games ... Entered contests vs. Loyola Chicago, SIU Edwardsville, Lipscomb and Gonzaga ... Grabbed first career rebound and had second-ever assist vs. Chicago State (Nov. 27) ... Saw action at Purdue, at Nebraska, vs. Michigan and at Wisconsin.
2010-11 JUNIOR: Walk-on officially added to the Illini roster on Nov. 17 prior to the team's trip to New York City ... Appeared in six games ... Saw first career action vs. Yale (Nov. 23), scoring one point ... Entered game at Western Michigan (Nov. 27) and Northern Colorado (Dec. 12) ... Recorded first assist and steal vs. Northwestern (Jan. 6) ... Attempted first shot vs. Indiana (March 5) ... Also entered the game vs. UNLV (March 18) in the NCAA Tournament.
PERSONALBorn March 26, 1987 ... Majoring in African American studies ... Mother is Rodd Metellus ... Has an older sister, Lisa ... Member of the basketball team at Parkland College - a junior college in Champaign - for two seasons in 2008 and 2009 ... Began high school career in Montreal but graduated from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla. ... Favorite player is LeBron James.