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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:19 AM   #17726
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Hey, Dan. Been wondering how I can become a donor....went around the site and didn't see anything. Been enjoying the site for a while and feel guilty I haven't done anything til now. I'm guessing there are others similarly appreciative for IL.

Where do I go to contribute?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:19 AM   #17727
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How about Fast 5?

Has anyone suggested "First Five" yet? They are Coach Groce's First Five Freshmen.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:30 AM   #17728
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I just got the IlliniHQ magazine in the mail and Matt Daniels, their recruiting writer, had an interesting interview with Dave Telep, the ESPN writer. Two things stood out to me. One, Demetrius Jackson's decision on where to attend college was extremely difficult to make. Our staff did a great job with him even if it didn't turn out like we wanted. Two, Telep says the staff will be in a battle for Joel Berry, a five-star 2014 point guard from Florida, in addition to JaQuan Lyle. I haven't heard that Joel is on our radar and he has been offered by top programs around the country. Looks like our staff is not afraid to go head to head with the bluebloods. I like it. Unfortunately, I can't link the article since it is in the magazine.
I looked up everything I could in regards to Illinois being linked to the recruitment of Joel Berry and came up empty.
It will be interesting to hear if Salty, BTF, Lincoln, or anyone else has further info on this article by IlliniHQ. I think looking @ his videos, that would be an enormous get, all be it a long shot @ best. But, still...lock him up Coach!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:37 AM   #17729
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I just got the IlliniHQ magazine in the mail and Matt Daniels, their recruiting writer, had an interesting interview with Dave Telep, the ESPN writer. Two things stood out to me. One, Demetrius Jackson's decision on where to attend college was extremely difficult to make. Our staff did a great job with him even if it didn't turn out like we wanted. Two, Telep says the staff will be in a battle for Joel Berry, a five-star 2014 point guard from Florida, in addition to JaQuan Lyle. I haven't heard that Joel is on our radar and he has been offered by top programs around the country. Looks like our staff is not afraid to go head to head with the bluebloods. I like it. Unfortunately, I can't link the article since it is in the magazine.
Very, very nice to hear that!!!!

I have been wondering why Groce and Berry have not been mentioned in the same sentence. Apparently they have been - under the radar - till now.

So, now my wish lists would look like:

KBD + Joel Berry + Lyle. With Cliff as an option. [Fireworks]
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:41 AM   #17730
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Groce grabs 5-player recruiting haul

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I think it bodes well for the future, and Groce said as much during Wednesday’s teleconference from Honolulu, when he said word of mouth from these current recruits is already helping with players who will be a part of future classes
I wonder if he means to specifically include CA and perhaps some others in the Chicago area.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:05 AM   #17731
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Im in Chandler, BanananShampoo is in Ahwatukee. I'm heading East Tuesday morning for Thanksgiving in Austin, TX and then on to Salem, Illinois for Christmas. Be back in January. Already chatted w Banana about getting together for a game when I get back, the more the merrier!

To the subject at hand. I had reservations about Colbert but after watching some of his vids and hearing him speak I've changed my opinion. Glad to have him aboard. My excitement is as high as it's been in the past few years! Welcome to our 5 new recruits!
Old town, however, I am still in process of moving here. Should be all set by Conference time. If any of you want to get together for a game, let me know. Sorry Dan for bein completely off subject.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:48 AM   #17732
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I looked up everything I could in regards to Illinois being linked to the recruitment of Joel Berry and came up empty.
It will be interesting to hear if Salty, BTF, Lincoln, or anyone else has further info on this article by IlliniHQ. I think looking @ his videos, that would be an enormous get, all be it a long shot @ best. But, still...lock him up Coach!
I have seen it mentioned before that we are recruiting Berry. Can't remember what it is, but I think someone on the staff has some sort of connection there. It was maybe a month ago, sorry can't remember if it was premium or a national guy who said it.

But, regardless, there are more than a handful of guys we are recruiting that are not "common knowledge" fwiw.

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:56 AM   #17733
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I have seen it mentioned before that we are recruiting Berry. Can't remember what it is, but I think someone on the staff has some sort of connection there. It was maybe a month ago, sorry can't remember if it was premium or a national guy who said it.

But, regardless, there are more than a handful of guys we are recruiting that are not "common knowledge" fwiw.
Agreed, this isn't Weber's recruiting anymore. You don't only hear about 10 prospects in state and then a couple pipe dreams from St. Louis and Indianapolis. Surprise studs will pop up around the country and actually be in play. Colbert wasn't a top 25 player, but getting a recruit away from Jay Wright is a major sign of things to come.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:58 AM   #17734
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Signing Day Thoughts

Through the wonders of math, John Groce brought in the 17th best recruiting class in the country this year. With 7 months to work with and his lead recruiting assistant leaving after only two months, that's ridiculously impressive.

Will it bring us back to the Dee/Deron/Augie days? No (although he got close to that with Demetrius Jackson and Xavier Rathan-Mayes). But for a first class, it's really, really good.

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Signing Day review

Most Important Recruit
* Illinois landing Simeon's Kendrick Nunn
With a new staff in place and a need for a high-level recruit with name recognition and reverence, coach John Groce and his staff secured a consensus top 75 talent nationally. More importantly, the signing of Kendrick Nunn opens up a pipeline to the Chicago Public League and powerhouse Simeon, while signaling a major step forward in recruiting for the program. Most importantly, Nunn brings intangibles and strengths the current roster lacks. Aside from Tracy Abrams, no current Illini brings the type of toughness Nunn brings to a team. He also brings the needed combination of knocking down a shot and being a big-time finisher at the rim.

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First Five

Priority number one was hanging on to commit Malcolm Hill. When the coaching change happened, many Illinois fans were concerned that Hill would look elsewhere, but Coach Groce got right on the job and managed to keep Hill in the fold. That alone was all Groce needed to get the ball rolling.

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Just call them the starting five

Austin Colbert, Malcolm Hill, Maverick Morgan, Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate all signed letters of intent to play basketball at Illinois on Wednesday.

Now comes the important part for coach John Groce's first recruiting class.

Finding them a nickname.

"We haven't done that yet, but I know there's going to be some things thrown out there," Tate said with a laugh by telephone Wednesday evening. "I know we can't take the Fab Five. That's already established, but we’ll think of something."

Matt Daniels

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:11 AM   #17735
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As far as nicknames go, I think Cinco de Fly-O is still available!

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:12 AM   #17736
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As far as nicknames go, I think Cinco de Fly-O is still available!

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:22 AM   #17737
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98%
2%

with your 98% that makes a 100.... I think I could live with that!!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:29 AM   #17738
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Actually, I am wondering about the rule. I heard IU got 5 signed today and expect to add a 6th on Monday. Their current roster includes 4 freshmen, 3 sophomores, and 3 juniors. Maybe 2009 signee Maurice Creek does not count because he is an academic senior, but if he does; then they are at 15, 2 over right now, and will be at 16, 3 over, assuming Troy Williams signs Monday as expected.
From what I've read on some IU boards, it seems as long as Crean can give some explanation as to where the scholarships are going to come from, it's allowed. Seems really odd to me, not only IU doing this but the B1G being on board as well.

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With all of our 2013 players signed, I think we can officially close the book on the 2013 recruiting cycle.
Not completely closed, there are a couple of guys still being looked at for this class. Even if it's unlikely, I don't think you can truly say we're done for sure.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:30 AM   #17739
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The Fabled Five
The Fantabulous Five
#5 with a side of Rice
The Five Mollycoddlers
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:35 AM   #17740
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I like "First Five" as far as nicknames go.

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:37 AM   #17741
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I believe that Dan has historically opened a new thread for Recruiting with calendar seasons. The Signing Period is open through next wednesday, the 21st. Dan will make this decision, but I predict that he closes this thread next Wednesday and opens a new one. Where we can speculate, agonize, gloat, etc about the Spring signing period. And 2014. And 2015. Should be fun !!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:37 AM   #17742
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ALong with a good 2014 and 2015 haul how about....

2016 National Champions

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:49 AM   #17743
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The Fabled Five
The Fantabulous Five
#5 with a side of Rice
The Five Mollycoddlers

Nah Make it "FIVE GUYS" FYIW you can not beat FIVE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:16 AM   #17744
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Nah Make it "FIVE GUYS" FYIW you can not beat FIVE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just had some Five Guys last night .

My first thought was Fantastic Five though.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:20 AM   #17745
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Stacy Augmon with a jump shot? I watched the highlights and I now understand the hype on this guy. Smooth, effortless ability. What a talent.
That was my first viewing of KBD, I can see the Luol Deng and Stacy Augmon comparisons bc of his length and how thin he is. I saw him handling the ball a lot which has me hoping he could be a Scottie Pippen/Tracy McGrady type of kid if he tightens his handles. Hopefully he could be a Deng, Pippen Augmon type on the defensive end too!!!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:22 AM   #17746
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Fastest Five Alive
Attacking Five
Groce's First Five Guys


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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:23 AM   #17747
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The Big Six...Rayvonte makes 6 in my book.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:27 AM   #17748
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Nah Make it "FIVE GUYS" FYIW you can not beat FIVE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
You guys are making me want Five Guys :laugh::laugh: but i think First Five sounds like a good nickname for that group
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:35 AM   #17749
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Fresh Five sounds good to me.

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:49 AM   #17750
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I like "First Five" as far as nicknames go.
How about "The Starting Five"?

"Starting" as in the are the class that will start rebuilding the program under Coach Groce. "Five" as in there are five members of the class. "Starting Five" as in there is one player at each position to form a natural starting five on the court.
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