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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    True, you never really know. I think many of us are getting ahead of ourselves here with how we view our program. We have one season of consistent success and competitive play that was cut short. We have a returning roster with a lot of talent and hype, but a lot needs to be proven on the court...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2020)

    I’m thinking Malcolm Hill (Belleville) and Mark Smith (Edwardsville) were both Metro East, right?
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Kofi coming back would be huge for the development of our program. It allows us to play upperclassmen at the 5 the next year and maybe a highly ranked big if we can land one in '21. Having that rhythm of having guys come in and stay for 3-4 years to develop will create the depth to consistently...
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Maryland

    Beat me to it haha.
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Maryland

    Damonte with the 3!! Good for him.
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    Pregame: Illinois at Iowa, Sunday, February 2nd, 12:00pm CT, FS1

    I think you really have to attack Garza on the offensive end. A player like that will get his points, but if we can get him with a couple fouls early we could slow him down enough to minimize his impact. I think dishing to Kofi and GB off the dribble drive is the answer in this one.
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    Illinois 59, Minnesota 51 POSTGAME

    I loved seeing that. These guys are fighters for sure.
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    Illinois 59, Minnesota 51 POSTGAME

    Yeah, for sure. His contribution to the team is definitely underrated. Just wish the offensive production was there for him.
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    2020 NBA Draft

    Agreed. After I replied I realized your post was from last month. Funny how much can change so quick.
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    2020 NBA Draft

    I suppose the silver lining there is that BU would have a proven record of utilizing an elite center and get him to the next level. It would be great to get more elite 4 and 5s to commit. Seems like that was always one of the biggest weaknesses of the Groce era.
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    Illinois Loyalty Location Census

    Grew up in Fairbury, IL but now live in burbs (Wheaton). Since we grew up close it was just the home team appeal to root for the Illini. When I was in 8th grade they went to the final 4 with Deron and Dee and I've been hooked ever since. I've proudly been the only Illini fan I knew while in...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Miami, Monday, December 2nd, 6:00pm CT, ESPN2

    Hopefully the B1G picks up some quality wins so our conference wins mean more later.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November 2019)

    Yeah, that can be true. It is also true that some of the blue bloods regularly suit up multiple first rounders on the court at the same time. Example Kentucky:
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    Kofi Cockburn named B1G Freshman of the Week

    Agreed. We really struggled to get him the rock inside against Arizona. That will have to be figured out for the conference season or it will definitely limit Kofi's production. Not saying he isn't a good player, just wondering if we have the team and passing to support that potential right now.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November 2019)

    Yeah, it would be nice to have a written commitment in hand, but with where our program is right now that isn't going to happen with the biggest recruits. If we want to compete for the best recruits we still have a lot to prove. I'm not worried about Miller. I think we will make the tournament...