Marcus Arnold led the 2006 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour team in scoring and ranked second in rebounding, averaging 17.8 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Aug. 17, 2006
Champaign, Ill. - A successful trip "Down Under" could be the springboard towards a memorable senior season for Illinois' Marcus Arnold. The Illini power forward led the Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team in scoring and ranked second in rebounding during the team's four-game stint in Australia. Arnold averaged 17.8 points and 8.5 rebounds and shot over 59 percent from the field during the trip. He became just the second Illinois player to lead the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team in scoring, joining Roger Powell, who led the conference touring team in scoring during the summer of 2002.
Arnold scored in double figures in each of the four games. He opened the trip with a team-high 18 points as the Big Ten fell to the West Sydney Razorbacks, 117-91. He then had a double-double with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in a 97-89 victory over the Sydney Kings. Arnold erupted for a team-best 23 points and seven rebounds in a 109-100 victory over the Brisbane Bullets. He finished the trip with another double-double, totaling 18 points and a team-high 10 boards in a 145-69 victory over the South District Spartans.
After finishing with a 3-1 record, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team returns to the United States on Friday. Arnold will have a few days to rest before fall semester classes began on the Illinois campus next Wednesday.
For more information on the 2006 Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team, please visit the Big Ten website.