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Old Dec 5, 2012, 10:34 PM   #1401
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If those 2 already have chemistry like that, just imagine how well they'll play together after 4 years here. I'm excited.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 10:37 PM   #1402
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I have watched nothing on Finke; I am just going on what I read. (tall shooter) Is he a Dirk Nowitzki type player? I mean, does he have that kind of ability to play as a wing-type player? Or is he more of a post player that has range more like Wisconsin usually has?
Oh no not the name every tall decent shooting white guy thin again lol
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 06:45 AM   #1403
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Oh no not the name every tall decent shooting white guy thin again lol
Queue up the next Ulis discussion!
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 06:48 AM   #1404
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Gotta like that they flash to JG sitting court side. You gotta think JG is starting to take Chicago over. I think the important players on the Chicago scene are really buying into Coach Groce in a big way. They like him and I think they're starting to respect him.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:29 AM   #1405
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Tate looked good there--could be avery fun next couple of years with him running the break.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:34 AM   #1406
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You gotta think JG is starting to take Chicago over.
I drink as much orange kool-aid as is medically safe but no one coach will ever, and I say in Chris Jericho kind of way ever take over Chicago.

Unless we start handing out pokey stix boxes filled Benjamins and somehow be supported by Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas at the same time.

As long as JG can get us our fair share from the Chi, lock down central Illinois talent, and pick selected national / canadian talent. We'll be alright.

I do wonder though how JG's relationship with the Irvins is.

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Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:34 AM   #1407
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I'm hoping Finke is a mix of Mike Wilkerson, Jon Luer, Keaton Nankivil, and Jared Berggren. Talk about a hybrid player.
I'd be even happier with a Damir Krupalijia / Tom Michael combo.

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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:17 AM   #1408
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those guys look really well in a backcourt together. I am surprised I made the tape as well!!!
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:23 AM   #1409
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those guys look really well in a backcourt together. I am surprised I made the tape as well!!!
Jabari? I knew it was you!
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:36 AM   #1410
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Oh no not the name every tall decent shooting white guy thin again lol
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I'd be even happier with a Damir Krupalijia / Tom Michael combo.
Really though, Finke is a tall, thin, white dude who can shoot decent ---I like to compare people to who they are comparable to. I know he isn't a center like Tisdale clearly was. I just want to know if he is like say John Leur (sp?) or more like a Dirk, who is a 4 who plays the perimeter. Leur was a 4 who shot on the perimeter but I think was a more "stretch 4."

Griffey is a stretch 4 post player who clearly is not a perimeter player like Dirk.

I don't know, just trying to get a feel for what kind of player he is.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:38 AM   #1411
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Speaking of comparisons. Everytime I watch Bertrand, he reminds me of someone, and I couldn't figure out who until the other day I thought of Josh Howard (Wake Forest and the Mavs, when he was good.) Howard was an average, athletic player for 3 years and his senior year, he was shooting the ball well from 3 and got drafted. I think their shooting strokes look similar as well as their builds. Just my 2 cents.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:38 AM   #1412
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and you wonder what Florida State has to offer....

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-...83--ncaab.html
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:42 AM   #1413
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and you wonder what Florida State has to offer....

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-...83--ncaab.html
They were blowing up Twitter big time also and apparently the halftime show was a tribute to his parents. Talk about all in!
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:58 AM   #1414
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I watched Hill play a couple games during the Centralia Tourney and he had over 20 points. Saw him play last year against Edwardsville and they shut him down then too. Hill to me seems like a team first player and maybe since his shots weren't falling he wasn't going to force it much and the other players stepped up. I think Hill is going to excel at Illinois in Groce's offense.
Some people are forgetting that this kid had a life threatening medical condition and is probably still recovering, shaking the rust of his game, and getting his stamina back.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 10:03 AM   #1415
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If the outcome of the game was any indication, they really need him there. I know Florida is good, but wow, the 'Noles weren't competitive at all. Wonder if Rathan-Mayes is rethinking his decision?
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 10:52 AM   #1416
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If the outcome of the game was any indication, they really need him there. I know Florida is good, but wow, the 'Noles weren't competitive at all. Wonder if Rathan-Mayes is rethinking his decision?
He signed on the dotted line, rethinking isn't really an option.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 11:08 AM   #1417
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and you wonder what Florida State has to offer....

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-...83--ncaab.html
Go Seminoles! How many girls could he possibly "date" in his single season there? Besides he may like the nerdy types! LOL
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 12:06 PM   #1418
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I drink as much orange kool-aid as is medically safe but no one coach will ever, and I say in Chris Jericho kind of way ever take over Chicago.

Unless we start handing out pokey stix boxes filled Benjamins and somehow be supported by Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas at the same time.

As long as JG can get us our fair share from the Chi, lock down central Illinois talent, and pick selected national / canadian talent. We'll be alright.

I do wonder though how JG's relationship with the Irvins is.
Didn't mean takeover like he's going to get any and every player he wants. Maybe "win Chicago over" would have been a better term. He just seems to be getting alot of love, gaining alot of traction, and making strong relationships in such a short time.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 12:17 PM   #1419
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I drink as much orange kool-aid as is medically safe but no one coach will ever, and I say in Chris Jericho kind of way ever take over Chicago.

Unless we start handing out pokey stix boxes filled Benjamins and somehow be supported by Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas at the same time.

As long as JG can get us our fair share from the Chi, lock down central Illinois talent, and pick selected national / canadian talent. We'll be alright.

I do wonder though how JG's relationship with the Irvins is.
You forgot having NCAA HQ move to Champaign to be staffed by Illinois Loyalty members:laugh:
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 01:00 PM   #1420
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I'm hoping Finke is a mix of Mike Wilkerson, Jon Luer, Keaton Nankivil, and Jared Berggren. Talk about a hybrid player.
I know who Finke reminds me of....Bo Leuwilkivilggren!
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 02:09 PM   #1421
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I drink as much orange kool-aid as is medically safe but no one coach will ever, and I say in Chris Jericho kind of way ever take over Chicago.

Unless we start handing out pokey stix boxes filled Benjamins and somehow be supported by Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas at the same time.

As long as JG can get us our fair share from the Chi, lock down central Illinois talent, and pick selected national / canadian talent. We'll be alright.

I do wonder though how JG's relationship with the Irvins is.
No one will "lock down" Central IL talent or any other City or region. It just doesn't happen. We just lost out on the best talent from Central IL since Shaun Livingston (who we also lost). Kids have free will. As long as we convince a reasonable % from Chicago as well as Central IL, we should be in very good shape. Beyond our State borders is a tougher sale, but Groce isn't shy about trying.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 03:13 PM   #1422
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He signed on the dotted line, rethinking isn't really an option.
I thought they allow a release from LOI's if there is a coaching change, but that would be the only chance he has to rethink it.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 04:42 PM   #1423
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We also strongly believe that the outcome of the O'Mara vs. Alexander matchup will end up benefitting O'Mara from a recruiting standpoint. That is because University Of Illinois head coach John Groce as well as assistant coaches from Xavier, Ball State, Illinois-Chicago and Loyola-Chicago were all on hand to watch O'Mara take on Alexander.
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6'6 2015 wing forward D.J. Williams from Simeon Career Academy in Chicago has received a scholarship offer courtesy of SMU and head coach Larry Brown. Williams ranks as our #1 player in Illinois from the 2015 class.
And, for the Ulis fanboys

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Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber remains extremely busy and active when it comes to recruiting the Chicago area. This past Tuesday night he was at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights to watch 5'10 2014 point guard Tyler Ulis, who scored 21 points in Marian Catholic's 49-44 win over Joliet West. While the Wildcats have not yet offered a scholarship to Ulis, one gets the feeling that one could be just around the corner.
http://ilprepbullseye.com/OMara_Versus_Alexander.html
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 06:58 PM   #1424
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http://espn.go.com/chicago/story/_/i...-school-player

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"I love the new coach," he said. "I talk to Kendrick and Jaylon and they haven't said anything but positive things. I'm really looking at Illinois. I like them."
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 07:05 PM   #1425
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and you wonder what Florida State has to offer....

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-...83--ncaab.html
I would've committed right then and there.

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