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The 2020-21 Illinois basketball season is completed. Before anticipated. Earlier than tackling what’s subsequent, we have a look again on the season that was for the Illini. Up subsequent?
Season averages: 4.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg
Taking pictures slash: 52.6/41.5/95.7
Notable superior stat: Possibly Grandison ought to have gotten to the free throw line at a extra important clip than his .242 free throw charge (variety of free throw makes an attempt per area purpose makes an attempt). Finest free throw shooter on the group had the second-lowest free throw charge forward of solely Adam Miller’s .165.
Finest sport: No query it was his 11-point, 10-rebound double-double (plus a pair steals for good measure) in Illinois’ 80-75 residence win towards Iowa. First double-double as an Illini and simply second of his profession.
Lasting impression: Grandison totally embraced his function as vitality/hustle play man within the beginning lineup as soon as that change was made. It is a completely different function than he had at Holy Cross, however he was no much less impactful in “glue man” territory quite than main man.
What’s subsequent: For now, Illinois is not going through the identical sort of roster churn that the remainder of the Large Ten is going through. It will not be the identical group in 2021-22, however some continuity could possibly be key. Grandison will assist present that together with a veteran, mature presence on the courtroom.