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Illini's 7'1" Tisdale Finally Packing on Pounds
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The Mike Tisdale who just came back from U.S. basketball training camp in Las Vegas isn't the same Tisdale who came to the University of Illinois three years ago.

The 7-foot-1 Illini center weighs 253 pounds. That's about 25 more than he weighed as a freshmen.

Tisdale spent the past few years trying to gain weight. Those efforts include eating 6,000 calories a day. He isn't sure why but says none of it paid off until recently.

Tisdale calls his time at the national camp his best basketball experience. He and other players auditioned to work out with pro players representing the United States in the next world championships.

Tisdale made the cut and will practice against that NBA competition next month.

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