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Cole emerges as Illini leader

Forward steps up game after peers vote him captain

Updated: February 13, 2010, 4:55 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Bill Cole was accustomed to being a star player when he came to Illinois as a freshman. He had been the go-to guy for most of his high school career, and he quite enjoyed that.

Remember, it was Cole who led Richwoods High School to the state championship as a junior and nearly prevented Derrick Rose from winning his first of two titles at Simeon.

So, when Cole found himself spending the bulk of his time seated in his warm-up gear during his first two seasons for the Illini, he ...

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