Feb 19, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini forward Nnanna Egwu (32) celebrates after a basket in the second half against the Minnesota Gophers at Williams Arena. Illinois wins 62-49. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball: 2013-14 Report Card – Nnanna Egwu


OVERALL GRADE: B

KEY STATS
Points Per Game: 6.9 (5th on the team)
Field Goal Percentage: 41.4% (6th)
Rebounds Per Game: 6.0 (t-1st)
Blocks Per Game: 2.1 (1st)

There’s no doubt that the most improved Fighting Illini this season was Nnanna Egwu. Since his freshman season with the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2011-12, it seems as though Egwu’s play gets better and better each year.

The biggest areas where Nnanna Egwu shined this past season were rebounding and defense. Egwu hauled in 36 more rebounds than he did as a sophomore which accounted for an average of 6.0 rebounds per contest.

On defense, Egwu also improved his block numbers by a total of 24 blocks as he averaged 2.1 blocks per game this season.

Illini fans also saw a better Nnanna Egwu at the foul line in 2013-14. He had one more free throw attempt as a junior than he did as a sophomore. However, he shot a much better .778 from the charity stripe as a junior compared to .636 as a sophomore.

Yes, he has improved a lot over his time at Illinois, but Nnanna Egwu is not finished.

If he can make some more improvements to his offensive production, Illini fans could be in store for a great senior season from Nnanna Egwu.

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