Neil Plank
Neil Plank


Mt. Zion, Ill.

High School:
Mt. Zion

Last College:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 208




2004-05/junior at Illinois State
Played in 28 games without a starting assignment • Named to the 2005 Valley All-Bench Team • Became Illinois State's 12th basketball academic all-American when he was named to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America University Division Men's Basketball Second Team • Also was a first team All-District V Academic selection • His tip-in basket at Drake with three seconds left gave the Redbirds a 59-58 win • Scored in double figures six times, including his 21 points against Marshall which tied his career high • Named Prairie Farms/Valley Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 • Grabbed a season-best nine rebounds at home against Drake.

2003-04/sophomore at Illinois State
Started 16 of 29 games, averaging 5.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists • Scored in double digits four times including a career high 21-point outing at Utah State • Notched his first career double-double at Illinois State in his first game as a Redbird vs. Florida A&M with 17 points and 10 rebounds • Also added six assists and five steals in his Redbird debut against Florida A&M • Ranked third on the team in overall rebounding and led the squad in defensive rebounding.

2002-03/transfer year at Illinois State
Sat out season to meet NCAA requirements.

2001-02/freshman at Wisconsin
Played in 27 games, all as a reserve, for the Badgers • Scored a season-high seven points at Ohio in 11 minutes of action • Logged 18 minutes against Weber State • Was 2-for-3 from the field with five points at Hawaii-Hilo • Pulled down three rebounds against Furman • Posted a pair of steals at Georgia Tech.

at Mt. Zion High School
Named Macon County Player of the Year by the Decatur Herald & Review after averaging 18 points and six rebounds • Led the Braves to an undefeated conference season and their first-ever trip to the Class AA super-sectionals • First team all-state selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Chicago Sun-Times • Scored 41 points, including six three-pointers in the Decatur Herald & Review Boys All-Star Game • Named Macon County Player of the Year as a junior, when he averaged 13 points and six rebounds, leading Mt. Zion to an undefeated conference season • Averaged 16 points and five rebounds as a sophomore, earning all-conference honors.

Full name: Neil Plank •Birthdate: June 16, 1983 • Birthplace: Decatur, Ill. • Parents: Bill and Diane Plank • High School coach: Brad Stuart.