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Abrams Shows Offensive Prowess, Leadership

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The Fighting Illini basketball team was forced to play a freshman at point guard before he was ready this season. Tracy Abrams spent much of his high school career on the wing, so the learning curve was steep entering college. Little by little, he has begun to contribute constructively. Against Purdue Wednesday, he scored 22 points in by far his best display to date.

Illinois freshman Tracy Abrams may not be a refined point guard yet, but he's a leader with the intangibles all coaches seek. Illini coach Bruce Weber praises his talents while wishing he were an upperclassman. "He really wants to do well. He cares about Illinois, he cares about the team. The freshman class is special, and in some ways Tracy is becoming one of our leaders of the team. Which is...

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