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Mike Tisdale Continuing His Development

Mike Tisdale (Holly Smith)

Every year, Fighting Illini basketball fans wonder whether center Mike Tisdale has put on additional weight. The slender seven footer has an outstanding shooting touch, and he is a good ball handler and passer. But rebounding and defense rely upon strength and size in the lower body. Tisdale works hard, but it is a continual process.

Mike Tisdale started every game last year and impressed Illinois fans with his ball skills. He is difficult to defend out on the court as he can shoot as well as anyone on the team. And he is developing an inside game, expecially with right and left handed hook shots. But he knows he must be physical and battle in the post to help the team the most. "We need a post presence," Tisdale reminds...

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