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Molinari Signs with WIU

By WEEK Sports

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM CDT

Peoria Christian guard Billy Molinari signs his national letter of intent Monday with his dad, Jim, and Western Illinois University.
Molinari surprises absolutely no one with today's announcement.

"I'm announcing my decision to sign with Western Illinois University," Molinari said.

The reunion will bring an offensive–minded son and a defensive–minded coach together in Macomb.

"I feel like this year he was a better defensive player," said Peoria Christian coach Jay Bruer. " I feel like he was more committed to it and really, defense takes that. It takes that commitment.
Coach Molinari has a niche for being a great defensive coach, so he's gonna learn the right things and the proper angles, the proper execution."

Billy will be re–united with his dad, the former Bradley coach...and with his older brother. Mark Molinari is on his dad's staff as an assistant coach.

"One thing that's great about it is it's close to home," said Molinari. " I can drive up there anytime and watch practice at the end of this year and go play with those guys. Mark's up there, so when my dad comes back, Mark always comes back with him. It's really nice. It's really helped our family."

Billy says he's realistic about his playing chances and knows dad will have to play the best players...but he's looking forward to pitching in and taking the Western program in the right direction.

"It definitely hasn't been a basketball program, so I'm just excited to go over there and do everything I can to help them win. My dad's working as hard as he can, and I'm going to try to work as hard as I can to do my best."

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