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Old Jan 1, 2017, 02:09 AM   #1
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rbachhuber's Scholarship Grid: (updated 03/11/2017) [link]


Signed NLI with Illinois
Javon Pickett (2017 G, committed January 16, 2016)
Da'Monte Williams (2017 G, committed February 28, 2016)
Jeremiah Tilmon (2017 C, committed July 11, 2016)
Trent Frazier (2017 PG, committed August 21, 2016)

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Old Jan 1, 2017, 02:44 AM   #2
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2017 lets go Groce! Get this thing done!
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:38 AM   #3
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Not nearly enough angst in this thread, but the year is young and I have every confidence that will change.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 01:37 PM   #4
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rbachhuber's Scholarship Grid: (updated 12/10/2016) [link]


Signed NLI with Illinois
Javon Pickett (2017 G, committed January 16, 2016)
Da'Monte Williams (2017 G, committed February 28, 2016)
Jeremiah Tilmon (2017 C, committed July 11, 2016)
Trent Frazier (2017 PG, committed August 21, 2016)
New year, new thread. Good time for some gratitude for the man behind the curtain. Thanks for all your efforts Dan.

Question re Pickett: is the listing as a guard accurate? Thought with his height he might be a SF?

Pretty much liking the Smith possibility a lot. With him and Damonte and Frazier, and Lucas only a year ahead of them, it seems the most glaring offensive problem during Groce's era may be "fixed": ballhandling. If Pickett can also handle well that would be fabulous.

Now, about the defense, ...

Happy New Year and Go Illini.

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Old Jan 1, 2017, 02:24 PM   #5
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Pickett is a 3/2. Smith is a 1/2/3. Williams is a 2/1. Frazier is a 1/2. Lots of ballhandling, passing and defense.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 03:14 PM   #6
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Another emerging target is PG/Combo TeShaun Hightower who reclassified to 2017 and is having a really good season for Mt. Zion Prep School.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 06:30 PM   #7
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Hooping did the man get offered? Put your right arm in the air if yes. Lol!
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:01 PM   #8
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Mark Smith = Jalen Brunson lite
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:06 PM   #9
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Pickett is a 3/2. Smith is a 1/2/3. Williams is a 2/1. Frazier is a 1/2. Lots of ballhandling, passing and defense.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:27 PM   #10
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#Illini have offered Edwardsville senior guard Mark Smith (@Mark_Smith_13) after watching ILL take down Ohio State. Stock soaring.
https://twitter.com/DPiperScout/stat...46126510952448
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:28 PM   #11
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Our long regional nightmare is over!

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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:30 PM   #12
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Cool. I hope smith accepts. He would be our version of Jaquan Lyle.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:31 PM   #13
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#Illini have offered Edwardsville senior guard Mark Smith (@Mark_Smith_13) after watching ILL take down Ohio State. Stock soaring.
https://twitter.com/DPiperScout/stat...46126510952448
Let's hope he accepts the offer before the big boys come calling. He looks like he could be something special.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:31 PM   #14
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Smith with an offer.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:32 PM   #15
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Smith has been itching for this offer. Would love to see him accept.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:33 PM   #16
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Considering students are gone on break, couldn't have asked for much more from the game/atmosphere itself, plus a win, for him to be there for.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:37 PM   #17
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I hope he accepts, with a verbal coming really soon.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:42 PM   #18
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Me, too. I really he could be an even bigger get than Tilmon if he choose us. Not based on ranking (though I think he'll be top 50 before it's all said and done) but for how he could help us win over his time at Illinois.

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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:51 PM   #19
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Just say yes.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:52 PM   #20
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Me, too. I really he could be an even bigger get than Tilmon if he choose us. Not based on ranking (though I think he'll be top 50 before it's all said and done) but for how he could help us win over his time at Illinois.
He won't even be Top 100...rankings are basically all done at this point.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:54 PM   #21
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He won't even be Top 100...rankings are basically all done at this point.
Maybe Groce can get some credit for developing him then
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:54 PM   #22
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When in late signing period again?

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Old Jan 1, 2017, 08:59 PM   #23
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When in late signing period again?
April 12 (http://www.nationalletter.org/signingDates/)
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:08 PM   #24
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#Illini have offered Edwardsville senior guard Mark Smith (@Mark_Smith_13) after watching ILL take down Ohio State. Stock soaring.
https://twitter.com/DPiperScout/stat...46126510952448
Hallelujah! Hope he commits. Love his versatility and his ceiling.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:10 PM   #25
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This kid has as much potential as any guard in Illinois the last several years.

And the other kid I mentioned who reclassified Hightower is tearing it up at prep school and Illinois is going to see him sometime this week too..

I think Groce has decided class balance is overrated.
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