Saturday, March 9 from 6–7pm
Sears Centre Arena
5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 (on the main concourse)
Meet some of your favorite past Big Ten student-athletes at the B1G Autograph Session on Saturday, March 9th. Autographs are free with a Saturday game ticket and include a limited-edition autograph card. The autograph session commences after the first game of the day.
Gill, born and raised in Chicago, attended the University of Illinois and as a junior he led the Fighting Illini to the 1989 Final Four. As a senior, Gill led the Big Ten in scoring and was named a first-team All-American. Gill was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets with the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft. In the 1997-98 NBA season he led the league in steals as a member of the New Jersey Nets. He went on to play 15 NBA seasons and currently does pregame and postgame live shows on CSN Chicago for all Chicago Bulls games.
Jessica Davenport played Women’s Basketball for The Ohio State University and guided the team to a 29–3 record season and a number one seed in the NCAA tournament in 2005. Davenport is best known for her block and rebounding ability. She was drafted second overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Most recently, Davenport led her current team, The Indiana Fever to a 2012 WNBA Championship.
Cleaves, a three-time Michigan State University captain, led the Spartans to the 2000 national championship, and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Cleaves is Michigan State’s only three-time All-American and was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice. He led MSU and the conference in career assists with 816, and is Michigan State’s all-time steals leader (193). In 2000, Cleaves was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the fourteenth pick.
Battle played collegiately at Northern Illinois from 1984-1986 before transferring to Illinois. He was the captain of the 1989 Illinois team nicknamed the Flyin’ Illini. Battle was a fan favorite due to his hustle and soaring slam dunks. He still holds the single-season steal record for the Illini with 89. Battle was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft.
Dayne played college football for Wisconsin and set the major college record for career rushing yards. Dayne won the 1999 Heisman Trophy and was a first round pick of the New York Giants in the 2000 NFL Draft. He also played professionally for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans of the NFL.