Arnold transfers to Illinois
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[JUNE 16, 2004]
-- Marcus Arnold, a 6-8, 240-pound junior forward from Chicago, has
announced his decision to transfer to the University of Illinois and
join Bruce Weber's basketball program. Arnold attended Morgan Park
High School and arrives in Champaign after spending his first two
years at Illinois State.
Arnold started 27 games last
season at ISU, ranking second on the team in scoring with an average
of 12.3 points. He reached double figures in 20 games, scoring a
career-high 23 points versus Western Kentucky and equaling his
career best with 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting against the Illini
on Jan. 3 at the Assembly Hall. He shot 53 percent from the field,
led the Redbirds with 4.6 rebounds per game and ranked second in the
Missouri Valley with an average of 1.2 blocks. He was voted captain
of the Missouri Valley Conference's Most Improved Team while also
garnering honorable mention All-Valley honors.
Arnold started 20 games as a
freshman, averaging 8.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. He was named to the
2003 Missouri Valley All-Newcomer Team.
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"We're pleased to have Marcus
join our team," Weber said. "He's a player that will provide a
low-post presence and give us depth on the front line. Usually you
discourage a transfer, but occasionally you have a situation where a
fresh start benefits the individual, and this was the case with
Marcus. He has an opportunity to come in and work hard and help make
our team better next year. Hopefully, he will then put himself in a
position where he can compete for playing time and contribute the
following two seasons."
Arnold will sit out the 2004-05
season as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules. He will then have
two years of eligibility remaining with the Illini.
[Kent Brown, assistant
sports information director,
University of Illinois]