"My best decision is to return to
Illinois and play for the Fighting Illini my senior season," Powell
said. "I bleed Orange and Blue, and I can't wait for this next
season to get started. With all the players we have returning and
having Coach Weber here for his second year, it should be a fun and
exciting season. Go, Illini!"
Illinois head coach Bruce Weber was
happy to hear the news that his senior starter would return for the
"I'm happy Roger has decided to
return," Weber said. "This decision is best for him and becomes a
positive for him and our team and gives him an opportunity to
prepare for a possible future professional career."
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Powell averaged 11.6 points and 5.0
rebounds, while shooting 59.5 percent from the field in 2003-04.
Illini return all five starters and their top 10 scorers from a 26-7
squad that won the Big Ten championship outright and advanced to the
Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
[Kent Brown, assistant
sports information director,
University of Illinois]