Illinois Basketball: How the Illini lineup should look against Northwestern

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No. 4 Forward - Quincy Guerrier

I could easily make an argument that Quincy Guerrier has been the best player on the Illinois basketball team over the past month. You don’t have to average over 20 points per game to be considered an elite player.

In the month of December, Guerrier averaged 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also had great shooting numbers, as Guerrier hit 28-of-52, 53.8%, from the field and 12-of-23, 52.2%, from three-point range in this stretch.

More production is needed from Illinois players, and Guerrier is answering the call.  In the first game with the new lineup, he put up 14 points and 11 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson. He also hit 5-of-9 from the field and 1-of-3 from three-point range.

I really feel like the Illinois offense and defense can go through Guerrier for the rest of the season. That is why I believe he should continue being the starter at the No. 4 spot. He is too valuable to ever come off the bench for the Illini.

When Illinois starts Big Ten play on Tuesday, I could see Guerrier starting to consistently play at least 30 minutes per game the rest of the way out. The reason he only played 22 minutes against the Knights was due to the blowout win. Guerrier is a big-time player, and I think the ball should go through him.