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Bill Cole's Versatility Key To His Future

Colleges are allowed to give out 13 scholarships, but only five athletes can play at any one time. Some must ride the pines, waiting for their opportunity. Bill Cole is one such athlete for the Illini. His versatility has hindered his progress to date, but it may ultimately be his special gift.

Bill Cole is a classic "tweener." The slender 6'-8" basketball player is a hybrid between the small forward and big forward positions. It has taken him longer to find a niche on the team. At least, he is able to practice this year after sitting out much of last season due to injury. "It's nice to be injury-free this year. The injuries kind of set me back. But I'm just coming to practice...

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