Originally Posted by PeoriaChief
You know how many years and times we have said that? Almost every year it's well 2013 is the year of resurgence because there's Parker and Alex Foster and we lead for both and have a realistic shot at landing them. That doesn't work and its 2014 with Okafor and Alexander, KBD, Peyton Allen, and Larry Austin. Now 2015. You can't even say we lead on Hyron Edwars, DJ Williams or Charles Matthews yet because the real recruiting game for them hasn't even started yet. Duke, UNC, Kansas, and Kentucky don't need to look 2 years into the future. The time will come when they will pop into the picture for these 2015 kids and when they do that's when we will see where the Illini stand.
2013 was just a top 10-20 class. Got a stud in Hill, imo. We didn't get Parker, but we didn't want Foster. Foster is a midmajor type, imo. Why even mention him? Groce didn't want him or Tommy Hamilton. We got the second and third best players out of the state in Hill and Nunn. Not bad.
2014 we still have a chance to have a good class. KBD is a loss, no doubt. We don't want Peyton Allen, so why mention him? We still have a shot at Austin but there may be better options out there. Finke is a riser who is getting good offers. He has a chance to be a 6-10 kid with shooting and ballhandling skills. I hope he becomes an Illini.
2015 is mentioned because the class is loaded and it is the next time we have a boatload of scholarships available.
I don't get the gloom and doom. Yes, we can't reload as fast as Duke, UNC, Kansas, or Kentucky. You are talking about the top four programs in the country and we are not one of them. However, Indiana is considered a top program and it took them longer than two years to reload.