Meyers Leonard is projected as one of the top centers in the 2012 draft, but Illinois coach Bruce Weber doesn’t want Leonard to become too caught up in his future.

"The chatter has worked on his head," Weber said. "Instead of worrying about today and getting better, there's too many people (he hears mentioning the NBA). He doesn't have the maturity now to deal with that."

Weber said Sunday that he and other coaches planned to talk to Leonard more about it after the nonconference season.

"We've talked about it since last year," Weber said. "That bothered him early last year. He just thought everyone said he's a pro so he was going to be a pro. You have to work at it."