Illinois Fighting Ilini big man Austin Colbert is currently second in the rotation behind Nnanna Egwu, and ahead of Maverick Morgan. He played 10 minutes and scored 4 points in the season opening blowout of Alabama State. Yes, I’m very aware that the 6-9, 210 freshman from Chesapeake, Virginia does not have a last name pronounced like Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report.
I’m aware that Austin Colbert is pronounced “Coal-burt.” Still on the internet, in print, the bit works. Not in broadcasting, it doesn’t but this isn’t broadcasting. Because THIS IS THE Colbert Report!
Austin Colbert played in the Jordan Brand Classic regional game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn before he came to U of I. Perhaps he met Illini legend Deron Williams while we was there. Colbert figures to matter quite a bit for the Illini, in this year of transition.
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