Nick Anderson: "This is where it started at"

Illini great weighs in on basketball program

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Craig Choate catches up with Illini great Nick Anderson to hear his thoughts on his Illinois Hall of Fame induction and the direction of Illinois Basketball under new head coach Brad Underwood. 

Craig Choate:

"Nick Anderson, the Inaugural Illini Hall of Fame Class. How's that sound?"

Nick Anderson:

"That's off the charts. Words couldn't explain that. When I first got the call that I was being inducted into the Inaugural Hall of Fame, I almost lost my mind honestly. Like, what? I couldn't believe it. It reallly and truly is an honor and a privilege."

Craig Choate:

"A lot of changes with the Illini Basketball program right now. How much have you kept up with the Illini?"

Nick Anderson:

"I always watch and see what's going on and honestly I say you've got the right man in place now in Josh (Whitman). I said to a lot of friends, when he hired Lovie Smith, I said here's a guy who wants to win, and he started right there. You got Coach Underwood and I talked to him. The first thing that came out of his mouth, he said, 'This is my dream job.' And when someone tells you that he's coming with the notion that 'I'm trying to get the best players. I'm trying to win ball games.' I'm all on board. I'm looking forward to what's next for this program and I'm going to do my cheering."

Craig Choate:

"Underwood likes to get up and down the court. Is there going to be another Flyin' Illni in the making?"

Nick Anderson:

"I hope so. I have to give my little recruiting pitch out there. All you guys out there that like to play that up-tempo game, right here at the U of I, it's going down. So, we want to keep our young talent in-state. All around the state, the Chicago area and surrounding areas, stay home. This is where it started at and this is where it should end."

 

 

 


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