The 7’1″ center was the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
Illinois hasn’t had a first round NBA Draft pick since Deron Williams and Dee Brown in 2005. Williams plays for the New Jersey Nets. Brown was waived by the Dallas Mavericks in 2010.
Illinois comes back, defeats Northwestern 57-56 at Evanston
Fighting Illini get 11th win, Missouri’s up next on Thursday in St. Louis.
Bonnies led Illini until late in 2nd half.
Illinois survived the first half mostly without their 7-foot-1-inch big man, Meyers Leonard. The sophomore sat after picking up his second foul less than two minutes into the game and didn’t return until the second half.
Bruce Weber’s team begins regular season with win.