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Arnold will have two years in Illini uniform after sitting out upcoming season

[JUNE 16, 2004]  CHAMPAIGN -- 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 athletics director,
sports information director,
University of Illinois]

Marcus Arnold's college statistics

Year

GP-GS
MIN/Avg.

FG-A/Pct

FT-A/Pct.

OR-DR-TOT/Avg.

PF

A

TO

BLK

ST

PTS/Avg.

2002-03

29-20 619/21.3

98-195/.503

48-72/.667

42-58=100/3.4

79

14

27

17

7

244/8.4

2003-04

29-27 713/24.6

142-268/.530

72-107/.673

50-83=133/4.6

91

23

69

35

15

356/12.3

Total

58-47 1332/23.0

240-463/.518

120-179/.670

92-141=233/4.0

170

37

96

52

22

600/10.3

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