April 23, 1967 — University of Illinois senior Jim Dawson joined Dike Eddleman (1949), John Kerr (1954) and Don Sunderlage (1951) as the only Fighting Illini basketball players to win the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Basketball Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference. Dawson edged out Minnesota’s Tom Kondla by a single vote for the honor, one that has been awarded annually since 1946.
CHAMPAIGN – One of the unique things about the 2020-2021 season for seniors is that it didn’t have to be their final seasons. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players were allowed to play an extra year with their program even if they were in the last year of those eligibility. It left a choice for seniors across the country as they looked ahead to what many hope is a more normal season in 2021-2022.
Podziemski was first offered a scholarship by Kentucky back in October of 2020. At the time, he was an under-the-radar recruit whose stock was just starting to trend upwards, enough that John Calipari offered a scholarship in hopes that ascension would continue. While Podziemski did have a nice senior season that led to him rising up to the No.