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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:41 PM   #3426
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DeAngelo Russell has been in frequent contact with Mark here recently pushing OSU.
How's he doing that? I thought he doesn't even have a phone?

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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:44 PM   #3427
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Fine, I'll settle for Zorba's.
One of my favorite places in the world. Not hyperbole.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:46 PM   #3428
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I'm still calling it M. Smith to Kentucky...sorry guys. He just lights up when it talks about Kentucky and Calipari. Recent UK commitments don't matter to him...straight from the horse's mouth. Hope I'm wrong.


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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:47 PM   #3429
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247 claims that UK never actually offered him, though his page also doesn't appear to be entirely up to date, either.
Cal offered the night he visited. http://www.courier-journal.com/story...ans/100160822/
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:50 PM   #3430
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Welp, now to see if the tOSU visit still happens.

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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:52 PM   #3431
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Derek Piper‏ @DPiperScout 2m2 minutes ago
Mark Smith tells me he "had a great time up on campus" today on his #Illini visit.


Yep, back to waiting.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:52 PM   #3432
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Welp, now to see if the tOSU visit still happens.
Didn't Kris Wilkes visit us last? tOSU's presence in this race feels like that.

We're Indiana.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:55 PM   #3433
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:00 PM   #3434
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Paraphrasing without the run-on sentence, hard to follow syntax, ellipsis, or thinly veiled insults: Smith is a modern lead guard in a position-less basketball era. Going further, the original poster wasn't actually comparing Lucas' shooting to Smith.
Dude, thank you for that!
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:00 PM   #3435
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I'm still calling it M. Smith to Kentucky...sorry guys. He just lights up when it talks about Kentucky and Calipari. Recent UK commitments don't matter to him...straight from the horse's mouth. Hope I'm wrong.
Sorry, but you're wrong. KY might be glamorous to him, but he lights up over ILLINOIS!!!
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:01 PM   #3436
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EA?
Took the plunge. To clarify, I am not confident in Mark Smith to the Illini, but I feel like MSU/Izzo is the main competition.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:04 PM   #3437
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Obviously, you have never seen Smith play if your comparing his outside shooting ability to Lucas...put it this way if Lucas could shoot like Smith there would be no need for the Illini to bring Smith on board...smh...Lucas is a good player but to compare him to Smith is like comparing apples to bananas .... again Lucas is a good player not a Smith... Smith's versatility is what makes Smith so deadly:
his ability to handle it like a 5'10 guard and run a team,
knock down the open jumper (with unlimited range) like a 2 guard
his ability to finish at the basket like a 3 player with contact

but its all wrapped into one player....if you are a basketball person you would know that's why all these schools like him so well....not counting his (best asset) his overall basketball IQ...
I have not seen Smith play but he shot .376 in HS from 3 pt and Lucas shot .375 at UI. Lucas didn't shoot as much but that was not his role. Cannot understand why you think Smith is so much better at shooting. His size makes him a much bigger scoring threat but not necessarily a better shooter.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:06 PM   #3438
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One of my favorite places in the world. Not hyperbole.
It went even higher on my list when I found out my picture is on the wall.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:12 PM   #3439
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Hopefully he doesn't go on a drug-induced tirade now. Seriously, check out Elvis on drugs on YouTube sometime. Scary stuff. Sorry to go off topic.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:12 PM   #3440
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Outstanding first post.

So, now we get to stew until Monday regarding Smith. Get comfy!
This one got me
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:14 PM   #3441
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#illini offer Kansas forward Francesco Badocchi
https://twitter.com/JWernerScout/sta...67263225282564
https://twitter.com/StagsBball/statu...66967522758660

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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:16 PM   #3442
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I like this kid.

Has Virginia formally offered yet?
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:17 PM   #3443
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I like this kid.

Has Virginia formally offered yet?
Looks like it.
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Congrats to Francesco Badocchi on receiving an offer from The University of Virginia!!
https://twitter.com/StagsBball/statu...51535449419776
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:19 PM   #3444
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My source as close to situation as can be. Mark doesn't will not be going to OSU this weekend. Need to discuss decision. #illini trending ⬆️
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:20 PM   #3445
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https://twitter.com/ESPN1050_Ryan/st...64899244244992

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My source as close to situation as can be. Mark doesn't will not be going to OSU this weekend. Need to discuss decision. #illini trending ⬆️
WHAAAAAAT!!!
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:26 PM   #3446
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I am the king of typos, especially on an iPad, but huh?
Pretty sure "Smith" auto-corrected to "doesn't"...

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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:30 PM   #3447
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Pretty sure "Smith" auto-corrected to "doesn't"...
If not that than it sure is a weird double negative.

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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:33 PM   #3448
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:35 PM   #3449
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https://twitter.com/ESPN1050_Ryan/st...64899244244992

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My source as close to situation as can be. Mark doesn't will not be going to OSU this weekend. Need to discuss decision. #illini trending ⬆️
"Since u said "doesn't" and "will not" in the same sentence do they cancel each other out and he actually is goin to visit OSU?"

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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:36 PM   #3450
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I have not seen Smith play but he shot .376 in HS from 3 pt and Lucas shot .375 at UI. Lucas didn't shoot as much but that was not his role. Cannot understand why you think Smith is so much better at shooting. His size makes him a much bigger scoring threat but not necessarily a better shooter.


Lucas misses shots badly sometimes. His percentage will likely go down next year unless he can fix his stroke. Mark Smith has great form and takes more shots. If he took the same amount as Lucas he would be above 40%. I do not have a preference for either player, but using their shooting percentage is not the best way to evaluate them.


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