Marcus Jackson: Black back on campus

Marcus Jackson: Black back on campus

Leron Black, the Memphis (Tenn.) White Station product, spent last week in Colorado Springs, Colo., participating in USA Basketball’s U18 training camp vying for a spot on the team that would represent the U.S. at the FIBA Americas championships. One of 24 invitees, Black wasn’t among the 12 named to the team.

“Obviously, you want to make it. He understands it was an honor to be invited,” UI coach John Groce said. “One thing about Leron, I know he competed because that’s just how he’s wired. My understanding from him and others is he rebounded the ball really, really well. He just may not have been the right fit for that particular staff and what they were looking for.”

The positive, though, for Black and the Illini is that he was able to arrive on campus in time to begin summer school and team workouts without falling behind.

“I always tell our guys that sometimes you have to make lemonade out of lemons. If he had made it, he wouldn’t have been here until the end of the second week,” Groce said. “He and I have talked about it in terms of looking at it as a positive. Leron’s wired that way anyway. He’s pretty much a glass-half-full guy.”

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Moonpie wrote on June 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Or, maybe he just wasn't one of the 12 best players. Or, maybe he's not quite as good as the Jackson-Tate hype. Gazoo sportswriters work overtme to cheerlead the team. But good luck to Black. Hopefully he develops into a good plaer.

IlliniMike05 wrote on June 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Nothing in this article had anything that would have led a reasonable person to respond as such.

Seriously, does your version of HQ post different articles? The bit isn't amusing. It never was. Go away, troll.

arch73 wrote on June 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Well shucks, now I find out I am unreasonable.  The first thing to come to mind after reading the article was the possibility that Marcus was not one of the 12 best players.


IlliniMike05 wrote on June 23, 2014 at 11:06 am


EastIll wrote on June 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I can't wait for the day that facebook is linked to the comment section so that Moonpie is finally exposed.