Ex-Illini Bertrand to play basketball in Luxembourg

Ex-Illini Bertrand to play basketball in Luxembourg
July 8, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

They have basketball in Luxembourg, and now they have Joseph Bertrand in Luxembourg.

Illinois has sent a former football player into space, and now they'll continue sending former Fighting Illini all over and above the Earth. BBC Arantia Larochette announced Tuesday that Bertrand would be joining the team. Not much more can be gleaned than that because the message announcing his arrival on the team's website is in a language that Google Translate cannot decipher.

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But here's what we do know: Bertrand had a somewhat disappointing season with the Illini during his senior year. He faced the difficult task of filling the shoes of departed scoring machines Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson, and he struggled to accomplish that tall task. He finished the season with a scoring average of 8.5 points per game and averaged 3.8 rebounds per game. He had four games of 18 or more points during the first half of the Illinois season before head coach John Groce shook up his lineup and removed Bertrand from the starting five. That move resulted in a significant decrease in Bertrand's playing time and scoring output.

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Betrand spent four seasons in Champaign and finished his college career with 778 total points.

He heads to the Luxembourg-based BBC Arantia Larochette, which has boasted among its all-time roster former Iowa Hawkeye Reggie Evans, former St. Bonaventure Bonnie Jonathan Hall, former Canisius Golden Griffin Keith Lambkin, former Hawaii Warrior Josten Thomas and former St. Peter's Peacock Victor Toribio.