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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:14 PM   #26
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I think Groce has decided class balance is overrated.
What if he had 13 freshmen? Who would he play?
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:25 PM   #27
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He won't even be Top 100...rankings are basically all done at this point.
Should have said Top 50 caliber.

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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:31 PM   #28
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I've got a good feeling about Smith wearing the orange and blue. If he comes here, you've got to like the backcourt rotation for the next couple of years:

PG - Frazier/Smith/Lucas
Wings - JCL/DJW/Kipper/Jordan/Smith/Da'Monte/Pickett

One or two players may transfer out, but that's a lot of talent. We need some help down low and we could use some additional athleticism, but I'm certainly excited about the future.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:39 PM   #29
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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.
Can I pm you my personal address so you can send me what you're smoking?
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:45 PM   #30
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A second coming of a Mark Smith would be good for the Illini.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:47 PM   #31
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Can I pm you my personal address so you can send me what you're smoking?
I think the mindset is a 3-4 year PG leading the way for several years vs. somebody like Meyers Leonard who was here 2 and really contributed 1.

As far as his ranking.. He's a top 50 talent whether the rankings agree or not.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:52 PM   #32
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I'm not concerned about Mark Smith's ranking, I've seen enough to see that he could help us guard bigger PG/SG like Lyle and finish in the lane against zones (BYU).

Of the big schools it sounds like Illinois is furthest along on his recruitment and mutual interest. It helps that he attended Mizzou and Ohio St and didn't catch us live against Maryland and Winthrop.

After watching tonights game we need a defensive presence at the PG and SG positions that I think Smith and Damonte can provide.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 09:59 PM   #33
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the timing will have to be right, but we will have another commit in Mr smith. Loves the Illini class.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:03 PM   #34
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Smith with an offer.
Are you joining the bandwagon yet? As the conductor, I left a spot open for you.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:07 PM   #35
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the timing will have to be right, but we will have another commit in Mr smith. Loves the Illini class.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:20 PM   #36
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I think we should be patient on Smith. He is blowing up right now, more offers will start to pour in. I imagine he will want to play it out. Hes a young kid, everybody wants to see what everyone has to offer.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:23 PM   #37
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I think we should be patient on Smith. He is blowing up right now, more offers will start to pour in. I imagine he will want to play it out. Hes a young kid, everybody wants to see what everyone has to offer.
I think you're in for a pleasant surprise.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:25 PM   #38
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the timing will have to be right, but we will have another commit in Mr smith. Loves the Illini class.
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God I miss these days with you two and your cryptic insider info.

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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:36 PM   #39
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I think you're in for a pleasant surprise.
I hope youre right buddy. Love the kids game and hopefully the Illini are his dream!
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:42 PM   #40
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Smith will bring a "coach on the floor" to his play , we haven't had this type of guard since McCamey wore the uniform.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:43 PM   #41
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the timing will have to be right, but we will have another commit in Mr smith. Loves the Illini class.
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Now all we need is g0 or BTF and we'll know it's a lock!
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:44 PM   #42
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the timing will have to be right, but we will have another commit in Mr smith. Loves the Illini class.
Why will it have to be right? When do you think he will commit?
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 10:49 PM   #43
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IlliniPhil was a great source in that area.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 11:01 PM   #44
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Good signs in this thread. Thanks for your insider insights gentlemen!

Let's get some mega-athleticism back into the program.
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Old Jan 1, 2017, 11:57 PM   #45
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He won't even be Top 100...rankings are basically all done at this point.
It wouldn't be totally unprecedented for someone to sneak into the Top 100 this late. Not sure Smith is quite that good, but I definitely think he's a Big Ten caliber player from the video I've seen. Let's hope we can land him.
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Old Jan 2, 2017, 12:37 AM   #46
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Man, why couldn't Smith be an athletic/shot-blocking big man?

Don't get me wrong, I'm always happy to get a guy as talented as Smith. You can never have too many wings, but we still need a big guy and there aren't many options left. There has to be an Ed Morrow type (high motor, athlete) out there somewhere getting under recruited right?

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Old Jan 2, 2017, 07:02 AM   #47
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Man, why couldn't Smith be an athletic/shot-blocking big man?

Don't get me wrong, I'm always happy to get a guy as talented as Smith. You can never have too many wings, but we still need a big guy and there aren't many options left. There has to be an Ed Morrow type (high motor, athlete) out there somewhere getting under recruited right?
I am putting my wish in for an Auggie clone. This class will have a look a lot like he 05 team. If they can only reach that level.
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Old Jan 2, 2017, 07:44 AM   #48
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Man, why couldn't Smith be an athletic/shot-blocking big man?

Don't get me wrong, I'm always happy to get a guy as talented as Smith. You can never have too many wings, but we still need a big guy and there aren't many options left. There has to be an Ed Morrow type (high motor, athlete) out there somewhere getting under recruited right?
A transfer from Georgetown has shown interest in Illinois and their is also Maxwell from Kansas (more mobile Mav). I think we will land a grad transfer big man, there will be more names popping up after the season.
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Old Jan 2, 2017, 08:58 AM   #49
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There has to be an Ed Morrow type (high motor, athlete) out there somewhere getting under recruited right?
All we need is a time machine
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Old Jan 2, 2017, 09:29 AM   #50
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Maybe we should just focus on big guards and small forwards, since we seem to do better recruiting those kinds of players. Two of my favorite teams of all time were the flying illini and the Cazzie Russell (a Chicago kid) Michigan teams of the mid-60s.
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