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    Joseph Bertrand was one of four Illini to earn a 4.0 GPA during the 2012 summer session.


    Joseph Bertrand was one of four Illini to earn a 4.0 GPA during the 2012 summer session.

    Sept. 11, 2012

    Champaign, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's basketball team has been hard at work in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, recording an impressive 3.11 team grade-point average during the 2012 summer session. Ten of the 15 players enrolled in summer school had GPAs of better than 3.0, highlighted by four Illini who posted a perfect 4.0 - Joseph Bertrand, Ibby Djimde, Sam McLaurin and Sam Maniscalco. McLaurin, a graduate student transfer from Coastal Carolina, began his UI coursework toward a master's degree in recreation, sport and tourism. Maniscalco, meanwhile, completed his master's degree in recreation, sport and tourism, becoming the 24th men's basketball player over the last nine years to earn a degree from the University of Illinois.

    "In preparing for the upcoming season, we asked our players to be committed to improving in four areas: on the court, in the classroom, in the weight room and in the community. I am excited about their results in every area, but what pleases me most is their accomplishments in school over the summer session," Illini head coach John Groce said. "I am proud of the way they handled their responsibilities as student-athletes here on campus, and expect that same focused effort to continue this fall."

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