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Meyers Leonard may not be a household name to those outside of Big Ten country. But he’s gaining attention. The 7-footer’s play was one of few positive for the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2011-12, when they finished ninth in the Big Ten (17-15, 6-12). However, the fact that Leonard tips the scale at 240-245 pounds [...]
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ST. FRANCIS, Wis. If Meyers Leonard is anything, he is a physical specimen. With the media surrounding him at the Bucks' practice facility on Thursday, he is a giant among average-sized men. The tallest prospect in June 28's NBA Draft, Leonard looks, on first glance, like he was built specifically to be an All-Star center in the NBA.
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Last we checked, the Mavs didn't believe this draft featured a rotation-ready center. But today, Illinois center Meyers Leonard - a sure-fire first-round pick - is Dallas-bound. What's changed? Well, the 7-footer has been impressive in workouts. Oh, and his agent happens to be Jeff Schultz, who also reps Deron Williams ...
The Fighting Illini football camp in Rockford last week was less well attended than hoped, but at least one top performer was identified. Ottawa running back Miguel Hermosillo was offered a scholarship after his outstanding performance there. The Illini are in good shape for his services, as long as his childhood favorite doesn't step into the picture.
Among the Fighting Illini football commitments so far for 2013 is an under-the-radar tackle from Olentangy, Ohio. Austin Schmidt made the decision to attend Illinois having only seen the school once briefly, so it was good to see him return for a more extended tour and chance to camp with his future line coach. Schmidt shows tremendous potential.
Depth issues at some positions may have been a concern for Fighting Illini football coaches and fans alike in the spring. But it may have been a blessing for promising young tight end Jon Davis. His versatility got a test in the spring, and he came through with flying colors. His athleticism gives the Illini options going into the 2012 season.
The Fighting Illini football coaching staff continues to make inroads on future recruiting. Caleb Henderson, a highly talented 2014 quarterback from Virginia, visited campus Monday. He is highly recruited already, but he is giving the Illini fair consideration.
The Fighting Illini football coaching staff continues to expand its search for top players. It has probed Minnesota and found several prospects including running back Jeff Jones. The 2014 speedster visited Illinois recently after receiving a scholarship offer.