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Illini Benefitting From Cole Transformation

Bill Cole (Holly Smith)

Some basketball bench warmers transfer to schools where they can get more playing time. Others use their status as motivation to improve. Fighting Illini junior wing Bill Cole may have found his niche, that of being an energy guy off the bench. He has gone from being a deep reserve to early substitute in just the last few weeks.

The odyssey of Bill Cole has been a unique one. The Illinois junior basketball player has spent two years in relative obscurity due to injury and learning a new position. The timing of the injuries was especially frustrating for him. "The practice right before we went to Canada, I dislocated my shoulder. My freshman year I had a stress fracture in my shin in January I think. And then last... Recommended Stories