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Meyers Leonard Gaining Experience, Maturity

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The Fighting Illini basketball team is looking for more toughness in games. One of the toughest current players is a freshman with a bright future. Meyers Leonard still has much to learn, but he hopes one day to be the dominant enforcer Illini fans always seek in their big man.

Meyers Leonard has the height (7'-0"), strength and athleticism to be a great center someday. In fact, he reminds some old timers of former Illini great Johnny "Red" Kerr. The similarities include a large-framed, tall body, an athletic countenance, advanced basketball skills and a larger-than-life personality. Illinois fans wanted him to emerge this year, but the Robinson product still needs...

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