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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2020)

    Looks like they are making it more lucrative for some players. California high school star Jalen Green, the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 ESPN 100, is making the leap to a reshaped NBA professional pathway program -- a G League initiative that sources say will pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and...
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Illinois will be in Destin, Fla. for the Emerald Coast Classic this year, along with Florida, Iowa State and Oregon. The event will take place on Nov. 27-29. Anyone heard any update on the status of this tournament?
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2020)

    The Marching "Virtual" Illini and for good measure the 3 in 1
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    Coronavirus Pandemic

    The virus stops when 83 to 95 percent of the the population has 1) had the disease and developed antibodies (herd immunity) and/or 2) been vaccinated. And that assumes that antibodies confer immunity for an extended period of time (unknown at this time) and the virus does not mutate...
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    I think you being too kind granting them 10 points, but one has to be realistic. :)
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    Coronavirus Pandemic

    Two physicians, I have talked with said that they would be really surprised if there was not a surge at the start of the academic year and during the normal flu season. The college campus is normally like a petri dish as far as communicable disease go.. Many universities are grappling with the...
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    2020 NBA Draft

    Of the 132 college players selected in the second round of the last six NBA drafts, 91 of them — or 68.9 percent — received at least a one-year guaranteed NBA contract, meaning they had at least one season where they made the NBA’s minimum salary. This past season, the NBA minimum for a rookie...
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    2020 NBA Draft

    Any articles with consensus opinions. Hard to put much credence in any one person's opinion?
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    NCAA Name, Image, Likeness Rule

    I am leaning toward agreement here Perhaps split the revenue between all a team's players? The NCAA can not currently enforce its own rules, and now a new set of rules to govern personal branding? Would individual players have contracts with the wide range of vendors who engage in athletic...
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    Looking ahead to 2020-2021

    When was the last time we recruited two guards of the caliber of Curbelo and Miller in the same year??????
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    NCAA Name, Image, Likeness Rule

    So there are some players who are going to be rolling in cash, while the average player continues under the same system???????
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    Ayo Dosunmu declares for NBA Draft

    Agreed, I can understand the perspective of following one's dreams, going for the money, and it is always best to trust your hopes rather than your fears, but reality is sometimes a painful teacher.
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    Transfers Thread

    Gee, we had to listen to the "second coming" of JCL every year he was in high school. Solid performer, never lived up the hype.
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    Ayo Dosunmu declares for NBA Draft

    I did not know the rule was different in different sports. Is the expectation or practice that their scholarship is still available if they do not get drafted?
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    Ayo Dosunmu declares for NBA Draft

    The uncertain reality is whether there will be a college basketball season or an NBA season next year. Article is SI this morning suggest that is still very much up in the air.