Calvin Brock on Red-Shirting Decision

Guard Calvin Brock was a late bloomer. Most didn't know he was wise as well as smart. Calvin Brock spoke with Illiniboard.Com's Kedric Prince about his decision to sit this year out.

Sitting on the bench, cheering on his teammates is very hard to do for the former Chicago Simeon Vocational HS guard, but he really is happy about his decision to red-shirt. "The coaches talked to me about it but they never once told me I had to do it, they left the decision up to me. Brock said.

"I'm not crazy, I'm a freshman and I have three of the best guards in college basketball ahead of me. Dee, Luther and Deron, and the way my teammate Rich McBride is playing, I would have a hard time getting on the court this year." Brock stated.

Brock is getting some good advice on life; he also understands that being in college is going to be a big adjustment. "Going to class everyday, the work is about the same, it's just so much more of it. Being on my own I have to make sure that I get things done, in college you have to grow up," stressed Brock.

Coach Bruce Weber has been very honest with his players early in his career. He knows that sometimes it's good for kid to have that extra year for development physically and mentally. During an earlier interview, Coach Weber said, "It's hard trying to get some players to red-shirt because it's not the popular thing to do. Your friends from back home may question why you're not out there playing." For the recruiting gurus, Brock was a four-star recruit by Scout.Com with five being the best. Brock was the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year, averaging 24 points per game while in high school.

"Now that the season has started and the schedule has changed a little, I will be fine. These guys are my friends so I will be there cheering them on." Said Brock. Long term, this may be a good thing for Brock and the Illinois basketball program.

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