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Old Jan 9, 2017, 08:53 AM   #276
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 10:08 AM   #277
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Tilmon impresses in opening game of ARS National Hoopfest


Now back in his home state, there had been some feathers ruffled over the fact that Tilmon, the gem of the 2017 recruiting class for John Groce and his staff, had not immediately signed with Illinois during the early signing period. While there were a lot of Illini fans wondering if they had lost their future star big man, Tilmon refuted the claims of going elsewhere.


“I just wanted to have fun, honestly. I wanted to see where the love was that,” he said. “They were still trying to get me so it opened my eyes. I was going the whole time but I just wanted to have fun. I told the coaches so they weren’t worried with it all.”


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Old Jan 9, 2017, 10:10 AM   #278
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 10:11 AM   #279
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STARTING FIVE: Penn State's smooth move


3. WHO IS MARK SMITH?

I've been getting this call from college coaches over the last week, "Who is Mark Smith?" they ask. My answer, I don't really know the full answer yet but I'm going to see him in early February.

In the meantime, here's the background on the 6-foot-4 senior from Edwardsville (Ill.) High who has created a stir with a strong season. Smith was previously committed to Missouri to play baseball but decided back in July that he wanted to focus on hoops.

Smith has put up big numbers across the board and the coaches who have been in to see him have been offering quickly. Illinois, Kansas State, Northwestern, Missouri and DePaul. His situation is definitely one that will have to be monitored closely with this many programs getting involved.

https://basketballrecruiting.rivals....ting-five--204
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 10:19 AM   #280
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Copeland is a very intriguing get for Nebraska.
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 01:11 PM   #281
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Tilmon impresses in opening game of ARS National Hoopfest


Now back in his home state, there had been some feathers ruffled over the fact that Tilmon, the gem of the 2017 recruiting class for John Groce and his staff, had not immediately signed with Illinois during the early signing period. While there were a lot of Illini fans wondering if they had lost their future star big man, Tilmon refuted the claims of going elsewhere.


“I just wanted to have fun, honestly. I wanted to see where the love was that,” he said. “They were still trying to get me so it opened my eyes. I was going the whole time but I just wanted to have fun. I told the coaches so they weren’t worried with it all.”


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Interesting definition of fun!
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Old Jan 9, 2017, 01:13 PM   #282
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STARTING FIVE: Penn State's smooth move


3. WHO IS MARK SMITH?

I've been getting this call from college coaches over the last week, "Who is Mark Smith?" they ask. My answer, I don't really know the full answer yet but I'm going to see him in early February.

In the meantime, here's the background on the 6-foot-4 senior from Edwardsville (Ill.) High who has created a stir with a strong season. Smith was previously committed to Missouri to play baseball but decided back in July that he wanted to focus on hoops.

Smith has put up big numbers across the board and the coaches who have been in to see him have been offering quickly. Illinois, Kansas State, Northwestern, Missouri and DePaul. His situation is definitely one that will have to be monitored closely with this many programs getting involved.

https://basketballrecruiting.rivals....ting-five--204
Hopefully, Bossi will be seeing a committed (to us) Smith come February.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 09:05 AM   #283
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Jeremy Werner ‏@JWernerScout 12m12 minutes ago Jeremy Werner Retweeted Evan Daniels
Will #illini finally have a player in the game again?

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The McDonald's All-American teams will be announced on Sunday night at 10:30 ET.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 09:26 AM   #284
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Kedric Prince‏@KedPrince4 27m27 minutes ago #illini bball fans (some) missing the boat on Javon Pickett my column here, http://www.qconline.com/sports/colle...4e007c999.html


Illini hoops fans: Get off the fence over Pickett

I have read all comments possible about Pickett. People say: ``Oh, Groce will definitely red-shirt him,'' ``he's not a top 100 player,'' ``why did we offer him,'' ``he's OK but he will be an average Big Ten player' ...

Those who think that of Pickett may want to adjust your beliefs. I will give you a few reasons why not to believe all rankings or what is the popular voice.

I was able to watch Pickett, also ruining Da'Monte Williams’ workout with the current Illini basketball team, and came away with the surprise recruit of the class. Pickett took one player to the rim and finished with contact. The next time down the court, he displayed a crossover even Tim Hardaway would be proud of. Williams played like a senior against the older groups.

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Old Jan 10, 2017, 09:28 AM   #285
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Jeremy Werner ‏@JWernerScout 12m12 minutes ago Jeremy Werner Retweeted Evan Daniels
Will #illini finally have a player in the game again?

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Not to be that guy like always, but my guess is no.

Not only because the McDAA's are 24 players and Tilmon is #25, but it's also a basketball game and the teams need to be basketball rosters and not just lists of players. The guys ahead of Tilmon in the recruiting rankings are disproportionately bigs. They will need some of the guards below him to balance the teams.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 10:21 AM   #286
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Great article, thanks for sharing. As a guy who follows Metro-East basketball and is from the area, I have really enjoyed seeing this kid develop and still maintain the "head down work hard" mentality. Seems to be cut from the same mold as Malcolm in that they were underappreciated for the most part but still work to improve their game and don't worry about 3rd party reports.

Looking forward to a successful career in the O&B for Pickett!


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Kedric Prince‏@KedPrince4 27m27 minutes ago #illini bball fans (some) missing the boat on Javon Pickett my column here, http://www.qconline.com/sports/colle...4e007c999.html


Illini hoops fans: Get off the fence over Pickett

I have read all comments possible about Pickett. People say: ``Oh, Groce will definitely red-shirt him,'' ``he's not a top 100 player,'' ``why did we offer him,'' ``he's OK but he will be an average Big Ten player' ...

Those who think that of Pickett may want to adjust your beliefs. I will give you a few reasons why not to believe all rankings or what is the popular voice.

I was able to watch Pickett, also ruining Da'Monte Williams’ workout with the current Illini basketball team, and came away with the surprise recruit of the class. Pickett took one player to the rim and finished with contact. The next time down the court, he displayed a crossover even Tim Hardaway would be proud of. Williams played like a senior against the older groups.

OK, do not value my opinion? I was talking to Myers Leonard, currently of the Portland Trailblazers. Leonard looked at me and said, "Those two guys are why the future of Illinois basketball is in good hands. That one kid right there (Pickett) is a complete player."
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 10:49 AM   #287
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Not to be that guy like always, but my guess is no.

Not only because the McDAA's are 24 players and Tilmon is #25, but it's also a basketball game and the teams need to be basketball rosters and not just lists of players. The guys ahead of Tilmon in the recruiting rankings are disproportionately bigs. They will need some of the guards below him to balance the teams.
At the same time, the McD AA game has been more of a marketing/showcase event than a positional balanced game. The fact that Tilmon is from a big market (illinois) and there is much less representation from midwest listed athletes and athletes already committed to midwest/B1G schools, probably increases his chances.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 12:28 PM   #288
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Watched Lumiere game. Epperson pretty raw and not strong enough to have much effect next year. Probably future talent though. Jaren Jackson, however will be a load next year and will help MSU immediately.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 02:29 PM   #289
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I spent the day watching hoops in Highland last weekend and have to say that I absolutely agree that Pickett is an under valued recruit. He strikes me as a kid cut from the same mold as Malcolm Hill in terms of his in game effort and humble play but is IMHO not the tweener that Malcolm was in High School. Pickett has a smooth motor and plays very much under control and within himself. If he can get similar results from the S&C program as our current players have I think he will be a fantastic wing for the program down the road.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 05:20 PM   #290
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Kind of surprised that Javon and Trent weren't nominated for the McDs All American game. I know neither would make the team but quite surprised that neither were nominated. Tilmon and DaMonte were nominated.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 05:21 PM   #291
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Kind of surprised that Javon and Trent weren't nominated for the McDs All American game. I know neither would make the team but quite surprised that neither were nominated. Tilmon and DaMonte were nominated.
How long is the nomination list?
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 05:26 PM   #292
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Kind of surprised that Javon and Trent weren't nominated for the McDs All American game. I know neither would make the team but quite surprised that neither were nominated. Tilmon and DaMonte were nominated.
Trent is a surprise based on rankings, Javon not so much.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 05:27 PM   #293
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How long is the nomination list?
Generally really long.
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 05:32 PM   #294
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Generally really long.
Link to the 2017 list:

http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/...0List_1.10.pdf
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Old Jan 10, 2017, 05:57 PM   #295
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 07:22 AM   #296
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Trent is a surprise based on rankings, Javon not so much.
If you look at the list, Javon is a surprise. I literally have never even heard of 5 kids on the list for Illinois. I dont even know if they have D1 offers. Crazy
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 07:36 AM   #297
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Is the Athletic Director from each high school suppose to nominate a kid for the all american team or do they take names from the AAU circuit?
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 08:17 AM   #298
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3 from St. Rita... they should never lose....

Something else that stands out -- 10 nominees from Indiana...6 are from La Lumiere....
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 08:32 AM   #299
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all it takes for a player to be nominated is for the coach or AD to send in a form

a lot of deserving players get left off and a lot of marginal players make the list
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Old Jan 11, 2017, 02:00 PM   #300
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It's Wednesday, has Mark Smith committed??
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