Illinois Basketball: Top 10 Players In The Last 10 Years
The Top 10 University of Illinois Basketball players of the last decade.
10. Cory Bradford, Guard
Cory Bradford was known for his 3-point shooting at Illinois. He holds the NCAA record with 88 consecutive games with a three-point field goal. Honorable-mention All-America selection by the Associated Press. Finished his career at Illinois 14th on the Illinois career scoring list with 1,329 points. Was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1998-1999. He finished his career averaging 13.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, .379 shooting and .387 from beyond the 3 point line.
9. Roger Powell, Power Forward
Roger Powell was a big part of Illinois' run to the title game in the 2004-2005 season. He averaged 12 points per game that season and 5.7 rebounds. He finished his Illinois career with 1,175 points, 531 rebounds and a career .572 shooter.
8. Chester Frazier, Point Guard
Chester Frazier began his career at Illinois as a freshman in 2005. Chester was not known for his scoring but for his defense and team leadership. Chester Frazier averaged 4.9 points, 3.9 assist, 4.1 rebounds and 1 steal for his career. He ranks 6th on the Illinois career assists list with 484 and 9th on the school's career minutes list at 3,566.
7. Mike Tisdale, Center
Tisdale will be entering his senior year at Illinois this upcoming season. Tisdale has progressed greatly every year at Illinois his junior season he averaged 11.9 points, 6 rebounds and shot 58% from the field. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media his senior year and junior year. Tisdale is currently on the USA Basketball Select Team that will train against the USA Basketball National Team July 19-24 during its training camp in Las Vegas.
6. Demetri McCamey, Point Guard
Demetri McCamey is entering his senior season at Illinois. McCamey took over the PG position after Chester Frazier graduated. In his first season at PG, McCamey averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and shot 41% from the field. He also had 254 assists and even averaged 7 assists a game. McCamey was First-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media his junior year. His is the teams captain and is poised for a big senior season.
5. Frank Williams, Guard
Frank Williams played three years at Illinois. Williams averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 assist, 4 rebounds. He was a career 40% shooter from the field and 33% from three. Williams was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft, but his NBA career never came close to his collegiate career at Illinois.
4. James Augustine, Forward
James Augustine was a part of the run to the NCAA Championship game against North Carolina during the 2004-2005 season. Augustine was a major part of Illinois season in 04-05. Augustine averaged 10.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during the 04-05 season. During his career at Illinois, he averaged 10.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 block. Augustine holds the school record for career rebounds with 1,023. He became the first Fighting Illini player and the 12th player in Big Ten Conference history to accumulate 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Augustine was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.
3. Luther Head, Guard
Luther Head was one of the key players for Illinois in 2004-2005 during his senior year at Illinois. Head's senior year would be his finest. He was selected as a Consensus Second-Team All-American, Associated Press Second-Team All-American. Over his career at Illinois, he averaged 10.1 points, 2.5 assist, 1.2 steals and shot 47% from the field. Head started every game of the 04-05 season, leading the Illini in scoring, averaging 15.9 points (5th in Big Ten). Playing alongside point guards Dee Brown and Deron Williams—both excellent passers—Head scored a total of 622 points on the year, tying the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. Head was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round of the 2005 NBA Draft.
2. Dee Brown, Guard
Dee Brown was one of the most electric players in Illinois history. Brown was named a 2005 Consensus First-Team All-American, he was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, finishing third, and was named the National Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Over his career at Illinois, he averaged 13.2 points, 4.9 assist and 3.3 rebounds. Dee Brown was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Dee Brown played last year in the Italian Basketball League for the Maccabi Tel Aviv and averaged 17.2 PPG.
1. Deron Williams, Point Guard
Deron Williams is arguably one of the greatest players in Illinois history. In Deron Williams' career at Illinois, he averaged 11 PPG, 5.9 assist and 3.3 rebounds. Williams received many awards after the 2004–05 season. These honors include being named a consensus Second Team All-American, as well as being named First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Tournament Team, and All-Final Four team. Williams was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Chicago Regional in the NCAA Tournament. Williams was named First-Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2004 and as a junior in 2005. Deron Williams was drafted 3rd overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz where he has become one of the top PG's in the NBA.