Last year was a tough year for you, Brian. You were coming from high school where you were consider the "man" and you maybe didn't have the year you hoped for. What was that like for you?
It was pretty big, like you said, being the man in high school to being kind of low in the ranks up here. It was definitely different getting used to that up here. College is a growth period, not only in basketball but in school as well. That's just the way I look at it. I pay my dues and things will work out. When it's my time to shine, just go with it.
How do you see yourself in the rotation this year? Coach Weber talked about nine or ten guys; what do you have to do to get on the court to get more time?
Honestly, Coach tells me a lot. I need to run, defend and rebound. Being athletic, I think that's a great spot for me to be in. Also, if he needs me to be that role player right now, I can do that if need be. We have such a diverse group of players that can do so many things right now.
Brian, your thoughts on being ranked #1?
Really I don't think it's that big of deal. We have been ranked high before and we handled the pressure pretty well, I think. It's been #1, top 5; whatever we are right now, we are trying to stay grounded. We are focused on what we need to get done. Whether we are ranked 25 or not ranked, we have a mission and that's all we need to accomplish.
Brian, no one likes to lose but last year when you lost to Duke, describe the feeling you had.
I think whether it's Duke or anyone here at Illinois, we don't like to lose. That loss was significant. We felt against Duke we could have beaten them, so that gave us the drive and motivation in the off-season. Along with our experience, we should be much better because of it.
Brian Randle, ESPN Top Ten Plays
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