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Talking Illini 03/02/10 HR 1
ESPN TV Analyst Dickey Simpkins gives Boz and Mr. G an in-depth analysis of the Illini season and how well the team has adjusted to problems this year. He talks about the steps specific Illinois players need to take to come back better next season.
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Talking Illini 03/02/10 HR 2
Boz and Mr. G talk about what the Illini have to do to make it into the NCAA tournament. Then, Shon Morris from the Big Ten Network joins the guys to talk about possible matchups in the tourney and which teams will make some noise.
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Shon Morris
Shon Morris is in his 13th year as director of development at Northwestern. He is a 1988 graduate of Northwestern's School of Education and four-year letterwinner in basketball where he was a 1,000-point scorer, the 1987-88 Playboy Magazine Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Shon continues to serve as a basketball analyst for Northwestern games on WGN Radio, and also does game analysis and studio work for Big Ten Network games.

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Dickey Simpkins

Dickey Simpkins established himself as one of the premier prep players in the Washington, D.C. area, one of the country's basketball hot beds. Simpkins achieved success while playing for Friendly High School (Ft. Washington, Md.), and grabbed All-County, All-Metropolitan, All-American Honors which led him to be selected to the McDonalds Capitol Classic Team (1990). In addition to playing high school basketball, Dickey also played AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball where his team won Washington, D.C. area Championships '87, '89, & '90. After high school, he then landed a full scholarship to play basketball for Providence College, in the Big East, one of the top conferences in Division I basketball. While playing for Providence College, Dickey was selected to play in the 1991 Olympic Festival where he won a Gold medal, he was named to the Big East All-Tournament Team '92 & '94, and ranks 15th in career points. Dickey graduated from Providence College in 1994 with a B.A. in Marketing/Art. In the 1994 NBA Draft, Dickey was selected in the first round (21st overall) to the Chicago Bulls. He went on to play 6 seasons with the Bulls where he was a part of the best NBA team record ever (1996) and three NBA Championship Titles '96, '97, '98. Since 2000, Dickey has been playing international professional basketball in various countries, which include Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Lithuania, Spain, and the Philippines. During his international career some of his achievements include being named to the Puerto Rico Basketball League All-Star Team '02 & Puerto Rico Basketball League Championship Title '05, FIBA Europe Championship Cup North '03, and Lithuania League All-Star Team '04.