Michael Finke's commitment

"Last year at this time," the younger Finke said, "I had no schools interested in me."

South Dakota State first offered him a scholarship last April, with offers from Big Ten schools Wisconsin and Iowa coming in July. The first contact Illinois had with Finke was Illinois assistant coach Jamall Walker called Jeff Finke in early August.

"It's a combination of a little bit of exposure, a lot of hard work, and the bottom line is the world has shrunk," ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "Good news travels fast. When you get a 6-10 guy who thinks the game and has legitimate skill, South Dakota State knew they had a window of about a week. What it says is it can happen at anytime."

City/Suburban Hoops publisher Joe Henricksen called Finke's recruitment a "meteoric rise."

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Home: 13-2 | Away: 2-7 | Neutral: 3-2
Record: 18-11 (8-8)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 14Georgia SouthernW 80-71
Sun, Nov 16Coppin StateW 114-56
Fri, Nov 21Austin PeayW 107-66
Mon, Nov 24BrownW 89-68
Thu, Nov 27Indiana StateW 88-62
Fri, Nov 28BaylorW 62-54
Tue, Dec 2at Miami FLL 70-61
Sat, Dec 6AmericanW 70-55
Tue, Dec 9VillanovaL 73-59
Sat, Dec 13OregonL 77-70
Wed, Dec 17HamptonW 73-55
Sat, Dec 20MissouriW 62-59
Sat, Dec 27Kennesaw StateW 93-45
Tue, Dec 30at MichiganL 73-65 (OT)
Sat, Jan 3at Ohio StateL 77-61
Wed, Jan 7MarylandW 64-57
Sun, Jan 11at NebraskaL 53-43
Wed, Jan 14at NorthwesternW 72-67
Sun, Jan 18IndianaL 80-74
Wed, Jan 21PurdueW 66-57
Sat, Jan 24at MinnesotaL 79-71
Sat, Jan 31Penn StateW 60-58
Tue, Feb 3RutgersW 66-54
Sat, Feb 7at Michigan StateW 59-54
Thu, Feb 12MichiganW 64-52 (OT)
Sun, Feb 15at WisconsinL 68-49
Sun, Feb 22Michigan StateL 60-53
Wed, Feb 25at IowaL 68-60
Sat, Feb 28NorthwesternW 86-60
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