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Crandall Head Earning More Playing Time

Crandall Head (Holly Smith)

The Fighting Illini basketball team added three promising freshmen to its roster when fall practice began. Jereme Richmond and Meyers Leonard figured to receive consistent playing time, while Crandall Head's time depended on his full recovery from knee surgery. Head sat most of the year, but he got his first start at Ohio State.

Crandall Head made an immediate impression in fall camp for the Illinois basketball team. He has tremendously quick feet and hands, and he demonstrated a willingness to play tough on-ball defense. Coach Bruce Weber encouraged him to work on point guard skills since there was no backup for Demetri McCamey. That may have set him back since he was turnover-prone, something you can't have in...

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