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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:20 AM   #17501
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Sweet, Jereme Richmond is committing again!?
I hope so! We need a sure thing future lottery pick! Character issues are irrelevant!
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:25 AM   #17502
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It's a teleconference, the media stay home and dial in.
Gotcha. My bad.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:26 AM   #17503
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BLT...you always seem to drop knowledge right when I'm at my busiest at work. Do you realize how hard it is to work AND constantly refresh my browser window at the same time?

I'm not a rocket surgeon, you know.
If it helps, it won't happen today with all the recruits signing. Likely the beginning of next week.

I didn't know that rockets required surgery. :laugh:
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:27 AM   #17504
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Maverick Morgan Officially An Illini

"Feels great to officialize everything with Illinois and looking forward to the future. Should be a really talented class."

http://www.hoops247.com/index.php/mo...ally-an-illini
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:27 AM   #17505
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Maverick Morgan
This is interesting to me, because some other twitter feeds were saying Maverick wasn't going to sign until next week. The others are expected to sign today. Expecting much good news today!

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:29 AM   #17506
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This is interesting to me, because some other twitter feeds were saying Maverick wasn't going to sign until next week. The others are expected to sign today. Expecting much good news today!
Brad Sturdy clears it up-
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@AaronB_WCIA Morgan plans on signing and faxing over his LOI Wednesday but will have his "unofficial" signing event on Monday at his school.

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:30 AM   #17507
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I didn't know that rockets required surgery. :laugh:
rocket science + brain surgery = rocket surgery
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:30 AM   #17508
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Ah, that makes sense. Players generally do send their official LOIs first.

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:34 AM   #17509
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If it helps, it won't happen today with all the recruits signing. Likely the beginning of next week.

I didn't know that rockets required surgery. :laugh:
My boss will be happy to hear that!

Brain science!

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:41 AM   #17510
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Well I hope that it's KBD committing to us. Would be a game changer if we can get him on board early and then make a full court press for Alexander and Lyle.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:54 AM   #17511
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Well I hope that it's KBD committing to us. Would be a game changer if we can get him on board early and then make a full court press for Alexander and Lyle.
The initial urgency (after KBD commits) is the other big.

Alexander is gonna have to $hit or get off the pot, 'cause Finke's gonna take that ride, IMO.

What a great problem to have!
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:55 AM   #17512
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Been reading alot of folks expressing wishful thinking about Cliff Alexander... just curious, did I miss something, is there any reason to think he's considering Illinois?
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:58 AM   #17513
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Been reading alot of folks expressing wishful thinking about Cliff Alexander... just curious, did I miss something, is there any reason to think he's considering Illinois?
Although we're nowhere close to leading, I think most believe we are getting his attention and may be an underdog with him to MSU or UK. Personally I only see it being possible if we get both KBD and Lyle, but that itself is pretty wishful thinking.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 08:59 AM   #17514
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Been reading alot of folks expressing wishful thinking about Cliff Alexander... just curious, did I miss something, is there any reason to think he's considering Illinois?
We are definitely behind both Kentucky and MSU for Cliff, but adding a guy like KBD definitely makes Illinois an attractive option with guys like Alexander and Lyle.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:01 AM   #17515
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The initial urgency (after KBD commits) is the other big.

Alexander is gonna have to $hit or get off the pot, 'cause Finke's gonna take that ride, IMO.

What a great problem to have!
Pretty sure that, assuming that Finke is hypothetically committed, there will still be room for Cliff if he wants to hop onboard. JMO.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:03 AM   #17516
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But isn't it better to let the kid know that he's unlikely to play and that transferring to a different school where he will get minutes is the best option for him?
The trend is towards schools issuing "guaranteed" 4 year scholarships. It has already happened in FB and won't be long till it spills over into BB. It will place even more pressure on talent evaluation. Should be interesting times ahead.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:05 AM   #17517
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The initial urgency (after KBD commits) is the other big.
Slow your roll mang :laugh:

Let's not count our chickens before they have hatched Orange and Blue

Found this tape of Jaquan Lyle. Shows warts and all.






Only real worrisome thing is the body language shown after the miscues. Obviously the talent is there, question is can Groce break our Indiana embargo.

For anyone that is plugged in or has seen a lot of these kids, is Lyle a clear step above a Zabo or Mitchell?

Well hopefully no fax machine problems in the high schools or DIA today
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:06 AM   #17518
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Pretty sure that, assuming that Finke is hypothetically committed, there will still be room for Cliff if he wants to hop onboard. JMO.
Are you saying we'll take 4? I don't see how we can take 4.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:07 AM   #17519
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Maybe the video will just show the speakerphone?
That would be the best McColley video yet sadly.

j/k, I've enjoyed some of the recent interviews.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:18 AM   #17520
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Slow your roll mang :laugh:

Let's not count our chickens before they have hatched Orange and Blue

Found this tape of Jaquan Lyle. Shows warts and all.






Only real worrisome thing is the body language shown after the miscues. Obviously the talent is there, question is can Groce break our Indiana embargo.

For anyone that is plugged in or has seen a lot of these kids, is Lyle a clear step above a Zabo or Mitchell?

Well hopefully no fax machine problems in the high schools or DIA today
He'd have another 10 assists if his teammates could finish so I would be frustrated to if I were him. :laugh:

Not sure if Lyle is a clear step ahead, but he's definitely the guy we are in the best shape to land as of today.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:18 AM   #17521
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Are you saying we'll take 4? I don't see how we can take 4.
No, I just feel that if a true elite talent wants to play for you, especially from Chicago, you find a way to make it work. This is just my personal opinion with no "connections" at all.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:36 AM   #17522
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KBD will be a 3 in college, who can swing to the 4 position when we go with a small lineup. Finke is a college 4 (a stretch four). Groce would take both tomorrow if they wanted to commit, no doubt.
Considering we only have 1 scholarship next year guaranteed, I can't see Groce jumping on Finke first when we have some (no offense to Finke) better options in the pipeline. Just seems foolish to jump that early with limited rides available.

Any chance Finke is willing to walk-on his first year?
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:40 AM   #17523
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No, I just feel that if a true elite talent wants to play for you, especially from Chicago, you find a way to make it work. This is just my personal opinion with no "connections" at all.
Fair enough. My take is that if our 2nd big ride is about to be taken, the Big Dog will be given a "last chance" call. If he passes, the O&B ship has sailed. Is it possible he'll change his mind down the road? Sure. But highly unlikely, IMO.

While we've made progress with Alexander, I highly doubt he's ready to join the party. If Finke is ready, I don't see Groce passing or slow playing him.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:42 AM   #17524
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He'd have another 10 assists if his teammates could finish so I would be frustrated to if I were him. :laugh:

Not sure if Lyle is a clear step ahead, but he's definitely the guy we are in the best shape to land as of today.
Best shape? Is there some inside info that has not been alluded to before?
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:44 AM   #17525
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Considering we only have 1 scholarship next year guaranteed, I can't see Groce jumping on Finke first when we have some (no offense to Finke) better options in the pipeline. Just seems foolish to jump that early with limited rides available.

Any chance Finke is willing to walk-on his first year?
The staff really like Finke as his game is perfect for our offense. The over signing will/would work itself out one way or another. If he wants to come the staff would welcome him with open arms.

Finke is a high major player he does not need to walk on anywhere.
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