MJ's opening tip: Ranking the top ex-Illini in the pros

MJ's opening tip: Ranking the top ex-Illini in the pros

Ranking the pro careers of 10 former Illini currently signed to professional basketball rosters
NAME    TEAM    MARCUS JACKSON’S COMMENT
1. Deron Williams    Brooklyn Nets (NBA)    Three-time All-Star beginning 10th NBA season
2. Meyers Leonard    Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)    Trail Blazers hope his third season is his best
3. Dee Brown    CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Serbia)    Popular guard has played in six countries overseas
4. Brian Randle    Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)    Two-time Defensive Player of the Year in Israel
5. James Augustine    Khimki (Russia)    Earned Sixth Man of the Year honors last season
6. Trent Meacham    Emporio Armani Milano (Italy)    Won a championship with French club Nanterre
7. Damir Krupalija    SLUC Nancy (France)    The oldest former Illini playing (35)
8. Demetri McCamey    Oita Heat Devils (Japan)    Point guard averaged 11.6 points in Australia
9. Warren Carter    Aix Maurienne Savoie (France)    Was a champ in the Latvian League in 2009
10. Jamar Smith    Limoges CSP (France)    Was part of a champ in the Balkans in 2013
 

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