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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:01 PM   #3401
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IMO, if you take a recruit off campus during a visit, you're doing it wrong. The size and continuity of Campustown is a pretty big "pro."
It really is. I went elsewhere for graduate school and that campus was really laid out for driving everywhere.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:02 PM   #3402
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Zorba's always a good choice.

Too bad Doc J's is no longer there. Chicago Dog and some cheese fries!
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:09 PM   #3403
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Could be nothing at all, but Smith has started to "like" a fair number of Illinois posts today. That, with the crystal ball switch, including Meyer, will probably force me to check back a little more frequently.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:10 PM   #3404
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:15 PM   #3405
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You guys all realize that these crystal balls are switching because it's Smith is visiting today correct? So if Smith actually commits today, they will all be right! And if he leaves today without committing, no harm done and they can just switch their pick again this weekend.
I was going to comment on this too. It's not like information is being leaked to real time.

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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:24 PM   #3406
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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, 02:30 PM   #3407
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Doesn't sound as if he committed on site, perhaps on his way home via twitter!
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:32 PM   #3408
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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.
247 claims that UK never actually offered him, though his page also doesn't appear to be entirely up to date, either.
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:39 PM   #3409
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For goodness sake, there are good restaurants in Champaign now!

I know these are 17 year olds who probably don't have adventurous tastes, but still. You're telling me Mark Smith wouldn't enjoy Black Dog?
As an outsider (who also didn't go to school in CU), I'd make sure every recruit saw both Campustown and Downtown Champaign ... the existence (and continuing integration) of both makes Champaign seem a much more complete and cooler community.

Even if you wanted to go somewhere bland, isn't there literally a brand new, huge sports bar in Campustown now??
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 02:41 PM   #3410
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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   #3411
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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   #3412
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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   #3413
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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   #3414
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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   #3415
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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   #3416
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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   #3417
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Old Apr 20, 2017, 03:00 PM   #3418
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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   #3419
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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   #3420
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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   #3421
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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   #3422
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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   #3423
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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   #3424
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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   #3425
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#illini offer Kansas forward Francesco Badocchi
https://twitter.com/JWernerScout/sta...67263225282564
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