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LOOK: First glimpse of Te'Jon Lucas, Kipper Nichols in Illinois uniforms

Good morning. Welcome to the Orange Minute for Friday, July 8.

Photo via Fighting Illini Athletics

Fighting Illini basketball had their annual marketing photo shoot on Thursday. Team Twitter accounts provided us with some cool pictures of Malcolm Hill screaming, and we also received our first glimpse of newcomers Te'Jon Lucas and Kipper Nichols wearing the Orange and Blue. The two freshmen will wear No. 3 and No. 2, respectively.

There's obviously still several months between now and the start of the season, but both Lucas and Nichols will likely see plenty of playing time. John Groce has already had some high praise for Nichols' worth ethic, in particular.

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