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A graduate of Champaign Central High School, Mr. Wills was an undersized center on the football team that won a Big 12 Conference championship. Later, he was a part of two Hall of Fame softball teams.

Guard hasn't decided if he'll use his extra year of eligibility next season to extend his college career, but it's clear of what he's meant to the Illinois program: 'He’s such a great teammate, and I respect the heck out of that.'

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team: