Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meet the Illini

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meet the Illini

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Robert Bennett

6-6, 202, Sr., F

Team's most experienced inside player. A third-year starter, although spent last year coming off the bench; averaged five points, 3.7 rebounds and 19 minutes. At Chicago Julian High was MVP in the Blue-South Division of Chicago Public League.

Shelly Clark

6-9, 261, Sr., C

Suspended for both exhibitions and first three games this weekend in Puerto Rico after girlfriend incident. With Deon Thomas gone, must improve on 9.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg averages and step up as frontcourt linchpin. First name is Burie, middle name is Shelly.

Chris Gandy

6-9, 230, So., F

Third-year big man with soft touch has frustrated Lou Henson with weak play so far. In 9 minutes per game last year, averaged 3.4 points and two rebounds. Two-time Class AA All-State at Bradley-Bourbonnais in Kankakee. Nickname: "Gandyman."

Kiwane Garris

6-2, 182, So., G

Named second-team freshman All-America by U.S. Basketball Writers of America and runner-up as Big Ten freshman of the year. Often ran the point like a two-guard, shooting first and passing later. Averaged 16 ppg, four assists and 32 minutes.

Jerry Gee

6-7, 230, Fr., F

Newcomer will move to center and start Puerto Rico opener in place of Clark. Averaged 29 ppg, 13 rebounds and three blocks last year at St. Martin de Porres H.S. Named Chicago Player of Year and is Illini's first "Illinois Mr. Basketball" recruit since Deon Thomas.

Matt Heldman

6-0, 168, Fr., G

Newcomer from Libertyville will back up Harris at the point and may see some time at No. 2 guard. Made 12-man AP All-State last year while leading team to Class AA Elite Eight. Dad played hoops at Ohio Wesleyan and grandfather played at Wooster (Ohio) College.

Jerry Hester

6-6, 195, So., F

Will start at small forward in Puerto Rico. As newcomer last year, was top scorer off the bench and one of team's top perimeter defenders. …

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