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Old Mar 18, 2017, 09:00 PM   #26
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At this point you have gone all in so you pay Walker what it takes, keep Tilmon and give Underwood the tools to succeed very early here
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 09:02 PM   #27
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Can't wait to watch Frazier and the other players in Orange & Blue next season! I definitely think Frazier will thrive in Underwood's style
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 09:08 PM   #28
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What do we know about the Oklahoma State player who led them in scoring and rebounding? I know he is eligible to be a graduate transfer, but that is about all that I know.
I posted this originally, but need to correct, he was 2nd leading scorer after Jawun and was the leading rebounder, however an impressive 5th year that could be available.
Evans 19.2 ppg
Carroll 17.5 ppg

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Old Mar 18, 2017, 09:40 PM   #29
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Signed NLI with Illinois
Javon Pickett (2017 G, committed January 16, 2016)
Da'Monte Williams (2017 G, committed February 28, 2016)
Jeremiah Tilmon (2017 C, committed July 11, 2016)
Trent Frazier (2017 PG, committed August 21, 2016)
Question for the X&O's guys:
What is Underwood's offense & defense in a nutshell and how does it work with a guard heavy lineup plus a big?



Like someone just said, we're going to be guard rich for the near future, and we also have some nice tweener big rollplayers plus big T.

Watched some youtube video and it seemed to my untrained eye that his team's spacing, movement, passing, and to a lesser extent defense were giving the other teams fits. Smith would thrive on a team like this would he not?

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Old Mar 18, 2017, 09:44 PM   #30
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Question for the X&O's guys:
What is Underwood's offense & defense in a nutshell and how does it work with a guard heavy lineup plus a big?



Like someone just said, we're going to be guard rich for the near future, and we also have some nice tweener big rollplayers plus big T.

Watched some youtube video and it seemed to my untrained eye that his team's spacing, movement, passing, and to a lesser extent defense were giving the other teams fits. Smith would thrive on a team like this would he not?
Check the Underwood thread. There is a detailed breakdown on how current players and recruits would fit the system.
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 10:18 PM   #31
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Is there a point when signed recruits can no longer ask out of their NLOI? Like after a certain point do they have to make up their minds?
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 10:30 PM   #32
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Someone to keep an eye for a few years... DJ Steward from Fenwick had a nice tournament in Peoria this weekend. Needs to work on ball handling but, can definitely score. He's a freshman.

Disappointed not to get to see more Ayo Dosunmu this weekend...
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 10:39 PM   #33
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Someone to keep an eye for a few years... DJ Steward from Fenwick had a nice tournament in Peoria this weekend. Needs to work on ball handling but, can definitely score. He's a freshman.

Disappointed not to get to see more Ayo Dosunmu this weekend...
Do you know what his injury is?
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 11:09 PM   #34
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Back home after spending all day drinking.

Guys: We're having our cake, AND we're eating it too.
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 11:25 PM   #35
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At this point you have gone all in so you pay Walker what it takes, keep Tilmon and give Underwood the tools to succeed very early here

Great day for the Illini. I agree completely pay him and give him whatever it takes
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Old Mar 18, 2017, 11:32 PM   #36
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Mark Smith is the day 1 starting PG if he commits.
Wrong
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 04:59 AM   #37
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Is there a point when signed recruits can no longer ask out of their NLOI? Like after a certain point do they have to make up their minds?
It would be the point when they enroll at the school. Then they'd be considered a transfer, a la Kipper when he was @ Tulane.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 06:17 AM   #38
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Do you know what his injury is?
Not for sure but, looked like the ice was on his foot after the injury. Saturday his whole foot was wrapped and he was on crutches.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 07:19 AM   #39
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I would not be surprised at all, if Smith decommits from IU, I expect that Underwood will take a run at him.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 07:21 AM   #40
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Also something to keep your eye on is Steve Alford. If Alford leaves for IU, Kris Wilkes from what I have heard will not follow him to IU. He could very well stay in UCLA with new coach, but we were the other team in his final 3. I think that could be an interesting situation if Alford leaves.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 07:26 AM   #41
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Sturdy is pretty confident if Walker stays Tilmon will stay.
That's great to hear and feels good and all, but who did he think JW finds as head coach?
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 07:41 AM   #42
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Also something to keep your eye on is Steve Alford. If Alford leaves for IU, Kris Wilkes from what I have heard will not follow him to IU. He could very well stay in UCLA with new coach, but we were the other team in his final 3. I think that could be an interesting situation if Alford leaves.
Doubtful, I wonder if Wilkes ever got his car started on 465??
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 08:26 AM   #43
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Ayo -- I thought it was a broken foot.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 08:37 AM   #44
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Underwood is hitting the ground running, off to Florida this week to visit Frazier.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 08:56 AM   #45
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Ayo -- I thought it was a broken foot.
Fractured food. Out 4-6 weeks.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 09:16 AM   #46
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erek Piper‏ @DPiperScout 27s27 seconds ago
Mr. Basketball candidate @Mark_Smith_13 tells me new #Illini coach Brad Underwood called him yesterday. Plans to meet Smith in person ASAP.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 09:20 AM   #47
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erek Piper‏ @DPiperScout 27s27 seconds ago
Mr. Basketball candidate @Mark_Smith_13 tells me new #Illini coach Brad Underwood called him yesterday. Plans to meet Smith in person ASAP.
AWESOME!
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 09:32 AM   #48
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erek Piper‏ @DPiperScout 27s27 seconds ago
Mr. Basketball candidate @Mark_Smith_13 tells me new #Illini coach Brad Underwood called him yesterday. Plans to meet Smith in person ASAP.
Lock him down, Brad. Lock. Him. Down.
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Old Mar 19, 2017, 09:36 AM   #49
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Outstanding news.

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Old Mar 19, 2017, 09:38 AM   #50
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Great news! If we can get smith on board this team's potential is beyond exciting.
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