"I Finally Get to Play" – Marcus Arnold

Morgan Park Native Marcus Arnold will finally get to play for Illinois this year. This 6'8" junior will play a major role for Head Coach Bruce Weber this year, being a red-shirt junior. Read here for what Arnold will expect from his first season at Illinois.

Marcus Arnold is so excited to play for the University of Illinois he can't sleep at night "Yes there's some truth to that, it's been along time and I just want to get on the court." Arnold said. Head Coach Bruce Weber talked about Arnold calling him and telling him that he can't sleep at night because he's so nervous and excited to play. But don't think Arnold is the only player that, Weber said there's a couple more players' that are having the same problems.

When Arnold was a sophomore he came to Champaign and almost single-handedly almost beat the Illini himself. When Arnold contacted Weber about the possibility of coming to Illinois Weber and his staff looked at the number situation and felt it would be a good fit, and it did help how well he played against Illinois.

Marcus could be a key role for the Illini this year, and he knows his team will be counting on him. "I'm not sure what my role will be, but I know coach Weber would like for me to step out on the perimeter a little more so I can keep defenses honest. I'm ok with it, but I'm not totally comfortable with that yet." Said Arnold.

Arnold had a lot of talent and is very physical player, that will provide a much needed post presence that Illinois could use when potential All Big Ten big man James Augustine takes a break or get into foul trouble.

"We should have another good year here, we have the player's to so, the new guys are going to be very good, and Shuan Pruitt has gotten better." He added.

Marcus is one of three big me fighting for time on the court, along with Charles Jackson, Shaun Pruitt and Warren Carter.

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