Senior Shaun Pruitt has been named third-team All-Big Ten by the media.
March 10, 2008
Champaign, Ill. - Senior center Shaun Pruitt (Aurora, Ill.) has been named a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by the league coaches. Pruitt has started 29 of 30 games this season, leading the Illini in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). He is fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding and also fourth in the league in field goal shooting at 57 percent (142-249). He leads the conference in offensive rebounds, averaging 3.1 per game.
Pruitt has scored in double figures 20 times this season and has been the Illini's leading scorer in eight games. He scored a career-high 24 points twice, vs. Arizona and Miami-OH. He had a career-high 17 rebounds in the season opener vs. Northeastern, the highest rebounding total by an Illini player in eight years. Pruitt earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors on Dec. 24 after averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over three games vs. Western Carolina, Miami-OH and Missouri.
Pruitt reached the 1,000-point milestone vs. Minnesota last Saturday on Senior Day at the Assembly Hall. He currently ranks 40th in Illinois history in scoring with 1,005 career points and is seventh in school history in career field goal percentage at 54.5 percent (399-732).
In addition to Pruitt, senior Brian Randle (East Peoria, Ill.) earned recognition by being selected as Illinois' honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.