The Three-Point Specialist - Rich McBride

Most call him King Rich, but this year sophomore guard Rich McBride is really looking for big things this season, starting with being more aggressive on both ends of the floor.

Richard McBride knows this year if he wants to see more playing time as a sophomore he has to become more consistent. There were games when you could clearly see that confidence was an issue for this young man, but this year will be different. "I just think whenever I get in I just have to produce, period. I think last year when I would miss a couple shots I lost all confidence in it. If I can change that everything will work out fine," said McBride.

Depending how close you follow Illini basketball, you know the game that "King Rich" went back to his old high school days. Just ask Memphis Coach John Calipari when McBride connected on 6 of 10 three pointers finishing with a career high 22 points in just 29 minutes of playing time.

This sophomore from Springfield Lanphier was a shooting legend coming into Illinois, and it's just a matter of time before he picks up his stroke again. During Mid-Day Madness, it was no shock that McBride won the three-point shooting contest, but he also was the team's high - with 11 of them in one round.

McBride knows that he's up against some of the nation's best guards for playing time. "I will get in because there will be games when they may not be playing well, or they get into foul trouble. If that happens, that will be my time to produce," McBride said.

Having said that, McBride talked about how close the team is. "We do everything together. We play video games together, go to the movies, you name it, go out to eat. We are like a close family here."

Illini fans, look for more aggressive and assertive play from this marksman this year. McBride knew why Illinois recruited him and this year he plans to turn the corner.

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