Introducing Illinois Basketball Summer School: Individual Player Breakdowns

So there was a purpose to reliving the up-and-down 2009-2010 season during the Illini Tale of the Tape series, right?

There sure was, I think, as I introduce the Illini Basketball Summer School series, where I’ll break down each returning Illinois player individually and note some areas of improvement for the 2010-2011 season.

I plan to do this in two parts, with the first section providing recaps of last season (including statistics, honors/accomplishments, game-by-game summaries, top 5 games, interesting discoveries, etc.) and then the second section detailing individual strengths, areas of improvements, and projections for next season and beyond.

Here’s how I plan to schedule this out for in the coming weeks before school resumes in late August.

I’ll begin with the seniors, with Demetri McCamey up first (ideally beginning Monday but possibly Tuesday), and then move to Mike Tisdale, Mike Davis and Bill Cole before hitting up the sophomores in D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul and Tyler Griffey.

I’ll exclude redshirt freshman Joseph Bertrand and incoming freshmen Jereme Richmond, Meyers Leonard and Crandall Head since they have yet to play a game for the Illini.

Ultimately, the purpose of these breakdowns is to be constructive rather than negative and hopefully provide some insight how Illinois’ returning players can individually improve and collectively come together to make next season as promising as it appears on paper.

Of course, the Illini coaching staff has already done this a long time ago, and the players have been working on their games since the Dayton loss in the NIT.

With that said, I want to give the fans an idea of what these players are likely working on.

As for the Illini summer basketball school image, it’s an homage to the classic 80’s movie that actually brings back memories of my time at U-of-I.

During the second semester of my sophomore year, I had a brutal finals schedule, with a short story exam on a Saturday afternoon and then an economics final the following Monday at 7 a.m.

Quite the procrastinator as a student (especially that semester), let’s just say I had quite a lot of cramming to do.

After studying all Friday night, finishing the first final at 4 p.m. on a Saturday and then catching up on some sleep to about 10 p.m., I woke up, got some food and then chose to watch “Summer School” on TBS until 4 in the morning rather than getting back to bed.

Not the most brilliant choice, although the movie was still enjoyable.

Needless to say, I slept through all of Sunday (and an NBA playoff triple header) and woke up at 7 p.m., when I naturally went into a freak out.

Somehow, in 11 hours, I got through about 300 pages in my economics textbook that I hadn’t read all semester. Anyways, I labored through the final and somehow survived the class.

With that story completed, I’m hoping this Summer School experiment to be more fun.

It will definitely take a bit of work combing through all of the Illini Tale of the Tapes, but that’s cool.

As for my weekly Sunday Morning recapping the past week’s news in Illini basketball, look for that on Sunday night.

I will be out of town later today and tomorrow during the day.

Until then.

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