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Illinois product Meyers Leonard was selected eleventh overall in the NBA Draft. - (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Former University of Illinois center Meyers Leonard was selected eleventh overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the Thursday night's NBA Draft.
Leonard, who played just two seasons at Illinois, will enter the NBA as an unfinished product who will likely continue to grow into his seven foot, one inch frame.
Leonard averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during his sophomore season as Illinois.
Possibly one of Leonard's biggest strengths as he enters the NBA is his ability to shoot mid-range jumpers and block shots. Leonard shot 73 percent from the free throw line and blocked 1.9 shots per game last season.
Leonard will be joining Trailblazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge on the front line in Portland.
Congrats to Fighting Illini product Meyers Leonard and here is to a great and long NBA career.
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