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Tyler Griffey Earns Playing Time For Illini

Tyler Griffey (Holly Smith)

There were a number of positive developments for the Fighting Illini basketball team on its recent excursion to Italy. One of the most pleasant surprises was the play of junior power forward Tyler Griffey. Several complications conspired to reduce his effectiveness last season, but he was a major factor in the UI's successful results this summer.

Tyler Griffey is known as one of the Illini's most effective outside shooters, but he has needed to develop more of an inside game to go with it. The current Illinois team lacks rebounding strength, and Griffey has been asked to do more of the dirty work in the paint. The St. Louis native led the Illini in rebounding on their recent tour of Italy, in addition to being the second leading scorer...

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