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Discipline to Detail

With 11 of 13 players returning, the Illini summer workouts have been the most precise of the John Groce Era.

CHAMPAIGN — Summer workouts have been easier than in years past, according to John Groce and players polled. With 11 players returning, chemistry and continuity were noticeable as soon as players returned in early June. “We can connect a little bit more, trust each other a little bit more,” senior guard Tracy Abrams said. “Last summer nobody knew one another. Even having a formal...

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