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Joe Bertrand Comes Into His Own In Italy

With the graduation of four seniors, there is a newness on the Fighting Illini basketball team. Younger squadmen must step up and lead a talented but inexperienced group of freshmen. The trip to Italy offered an opportunity for players to compete for playing time this fall. No one improved his status on the team more than redshirt sophomore Joe Bertrand.

Joe Bertrand has labored in anonymity his first two years on the Illinois campus. Injured and forced to redshirt his freshman year, Bertrand needed last season to learn the system and find a niche. He saw minimal playing time last winter but never gave up on himself. With the graduation of four starters, Bertrand now has a chance to earn playing time. He made a big impression on the...

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