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Versatile Cole Eager For New Start

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Illinois was hoping to redshirt at least one of its three freshmen big people last year. Mike Tisdale, Mike Davis and Bill Cole were all slender and could have used a year of development. But all showed early signs, especially Cole who impressed just long enough to burn a year of eligibility before missing most of the season with injuries.

Bill Cole came to Illinois from Peoria Richwoods High School ready to play. He understood the motion offense and the value of sharing with teammates. And he made some shots. Some thought he would be in the top 8 throughout the season before problems including a leg injury interrupted. "I don't think I hit a physical wall. My injuries started and some other things. It was just real hard for...

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