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    Aaron Spears
    1 Aaron Spears
    Class:
    RS Freshman

    Hometown:
    Chicago, Ill.

    High School:
    Dunbar H.S.

    Height / Weight:
    6-9 / 250

    Position:
    Forward/Center

    Birthdate:
    02/02/1984

    AT ILLINOIS
    2002-03 Redshirt: Played first six games of the season as a true freshman before suffering a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee during practice on Dec. 16...Had arthroscopic surgery on Dec. 27 and applied for medical redshirt after the season to preserve a year of eligibility...Averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds before the injury...Scored a career-high eight points vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Earned first-team All-State honors from the Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette after averaging 26 points and 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 assists per game ... Also earned Special-Mention All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune and Honorable-Mention All-State by the Associated Press ... First-team All-City by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times ... Chicago Public League Red Central Division MVP ... Played in the Michael Jordan Capital Classic All-Star game with fellow Illini recruit Dee Brown ... Also play ed in the Wendy's Classic, the New York-Chicago Challenge as well as Chicago's City vs. Suburban game and the IBCA All-Star game ... Helped Dunbar to the Chicago Public League Final Four in 2001.

    PERSONAL
    Born Feb. 2, 1984 in Chicago ... Mother is Bonnie Spears ... Father, Dan Davis, was an all-state player at Crane High School in 1965 who later went on to play at Northwestern from 1967-69, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in 1968 and leading the Wildcats in free-throw shooting in 1969 (.882), which still stands as the third-best season in NU history ... Davis later coached at Crane, which he guided to the 1972 state finals, and at Malcolm X Junior College ... High school coach was Fate Mickel ... Nickname is "Big Aaron" ... Favorite athlete is NBA star Kevin Garnett ... Mentions Floyd Fulton as the person who most influenced is athletic career because "he provided a gym for me to play in anytime I needed."

    YearG-GSMIN-AvgFGM-A/%3PM-A/%FTM-A/%OR-DR -- TOT/AvgPF-DQATOBSPTS/Avg
    02-036-055/9.28-12/.6670-0/.0003-7/.4294-5 - 9/1.58-0651119/3.2
    Total6-055/9.28-12/.6670-0/.0003-7/.4294-5 - 9/1.58-0651119/3.2

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