Illini Hoops All-Decade team

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By Paul M. Banks & Paul Schmidt of  The Sports Bank and Joe Kutsunis of Hail to the Orange, “Home of the Blogging Illini”

When putting together an All Decade Team, our first effort was Nick Smith, at guard, forward, and center. Nick Smith all the way baby. So obviously someone spiked our Egg Nog with opium or something. Eventually we decided to take the job seriously and put this together; a collection of our favorite memories surrounding the players the three of us deemed all decade.

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Video Illini G Brandon Paul Exclusive

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By Paul M. Banks

Illini freshman guard Brandon Paul is a consensus Top 50 recruit. His final year of prep ball he averaged 19.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals as a senior, leading Warren (Gurnee) to the IHSA sectional finals. The 2009 Illinois Mr. Basketball, the 10th Mr. Basketball to play for the Illini, and the first since 2002 recipient Dee Brown was a consensus first-team All-State pick as a senior by the Associated Press. Paul is also ranked No. 49 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 35 by Prep Stars and No. 42 by Rivals.com.

His TSB exclusive video interview is below

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