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Leonard A Dream Come True...At Least Briefly

Meyers Leonard (Holly Smith)

Many Fighting Illini basketball fans have dreamed of someday having a true star playing the center position. Johnnie Kerr was the last Illini center to thrive in the NBA, and he played in the early 1950's. Finally, along comes Meyers Leonard, and he had no interest in any school but Illinois. Unfortunately, Illini fans may have only this one year to enjoy his presence on the court.

Illinois basketball fans have longed for that special center to dominate the post. Someone like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, or Kareem Abdul Jabbar. NBA and Navy star David Robinson gave fans hope a player might choose Illinois before anyone else found out about him and then grow another 6 inches. Many potential stars have come along and chosen competitor schools or more distant locations...

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