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Big Man Leonard Getting Squeezed

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Life can be tough for a slender 6'-10" high school center. Every team creates defensive strategies to take him out of the game. Officials sometimes appear to permit more banging on big guys, as if they want to even the playing field for the shorter players. Illini commitment Meyers Leonard, a junior from Robinson, Illinois, is getting plenty of attention these days.

Robinson, a small town in Southeastern Illinois, has rarely seen a player of Leonard's stature, and neither has its opponents. Named a four-star athlete and one of the top 30 players in the country, this precocious young man has a target on his back. "It's a little different," Meyers Leonard explains. Robinson has already played and lost two close games to Marshall, Illinois, and Meyers has...

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