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Workhorse Egwu Seeks To Repeat History

Nnanna Egwu (Holly Smith)

Changing coaching staffs is always tough on basketball players. But if the Fighting Illini have an advantage going into the new season, it's the enthusiasm and work ethic demonstrated by the younger players. In particular, center Nnanna Egwu is improving rapidly as he prepares to replace 1st round draft pick Meyers Leonard.

Nnanna Egwu was a babe in the woods as a freshman last year. The rookie center wanted to play well so badly, he tightened up and suffered inconsistent results. Fortunately, freshmen become sophomores. Egwu feels much better about himself now than this time last year. "Definitely. You get through that experience for one year, and you get used to it for this year. You get a game feeling. I...

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