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Gill sticking around NBA in search of first title

URBANA – If Kendall Gill had his way, the Kwame Browns and Tyson Chandlers of the world would work their way through a few years of college basketball before making the jump to the NBA.

But if Brown, Chandler and the like want to increase Gill's market value, he's not going to complain.

No Illini sports stories today

   This is just a reminder that we are in the summer portion of the Illini SportsFacts Online subscription year.

   During the summer, we cannot guarantee that The News-Gazette Sports Department will have a story on University of Illinois or Big Ten sports every day.

   This is one of those days.

Big Ten schools play the game to retain coaches

It was 1972, and George Raveling was just about to get his big break.

At 35 years old, Raveling was set to become the head basketball coach at Washington State. He recalls the interview having gone well, and he remembers vividly the ride to the airport after he'd accepted the job.

No Illini sports stories today

This is just a reminder that we are in the summer portion of the Illini SportsFacts Online subscription year.

During the summer, we cannot guarantee that The News-Gazette Sports Department will have a story on University of Illinois or Big Ten sports every day.

This is one of those days.

Illini advance in gymnastics

Illinois gymnasts Bob Spelic and Scott Wetterling as well as former Illini Linh Hoang have qualified for the U.S. Championships next month in Philadelphia.

NCAA teams on tap for UI volleyball

The Illinois volleyball team will face at least nine opponents this year that reached the 2000 NCAA tournament.

A 10th is on tap, too, if the Illini and Florida meet in the State Farm Illini Classic.

Dawson: Little man, real big hair, rule at Nike

INDIANAPOLIS – There's always a key talking point here at Nike's All-America camp.

Last year it was sizzling guard DaJuan Wagner. In years past, Kevin Garnett – and rumors of his jump to the NBA – made the biggest splash. Zach Randolph built his reputation here, when, as a rising junior, he dominated senior-to-be Marvin Stone, then the top-ranked player in the class of 1999.

Cornett can wait to make college pick

INDIANAPOLIS - The letters started coming when Rick Cornett was a sophomore in high school. The first, he thinks, was from Akron. The second, he is quite certain, came from Notre Dame.

The poor Zips have fallen off in the recruitment of Cornett, a 6-foot-8 forward at Homewood Christian Academy. The Irish remain front and center.

Prep stars, NBA teams all looking at jump to pros

   INDIANAPOLIS  On Saturday night here at Nike''s All-America camp, 190 of the best basketball players American high school has to offer squared off in high-intensity pickup games in relative obscurity.

   College coaches were shut out, many of them checking into nearby hotels in preparation for Sunday''s beginning of an NCAA-approved evaluation period.

Self's name mentioned by nation's best

INDIANAPOLIS - From the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, where some of America's top high school basketball talent has come to strut its collective stuff, it's about a three-minute walk to the NCAA's Hall of Champions.

If you'd like to end up on the wall in there, this is a nice place to start.