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  1. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    I think Tev will have a huge improvement this season. He showed potential and just getting his feet wet and getting confidence will take his game up a notch. I like what he has to offer and think he will be a very key component this coming season.
  2. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    But he very well could fail as a coach.
  3. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    We did not have the worst season in school history.
  4. Monte Carlo

    Pregame: Illinois vs Iowa, Thursday, March 14th, 8:30pm CT, BTN

    I think the coach has called off the dogs. I don't see the full-court pressure continuously or the pressure out top like we have seen in the past. Maybe it only seems that way, but that is what it looks like to me.
  5. Monte Carlo

    Pregame: Illinois vs Iowa, Thursday, March 14th, 8:30pm CT, BTN

    We also need to not let Garza continue to build his career on games against us. Seems like he has owned us the last couple of games.
  6. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (February 2019)

    And Randle was from Quad City area, I believe - Rock Island - not really near Bloomington either, as was Happ, as well. Bloomington has put out most recently Chris Payton headed to SIU and then the really good player that has since graduated from OSU.
  7. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (February 2019)

    The rebounding thing may be a bit skewed as Illinois generally shoots more shots than it opponents and at a lesser percentage, so there are more defensive rebounds for the opposition to get. That certainly plays a part in it, but, ultimately, you need great rebounding inside and we don't have...
  8. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (February 2019)

    I think most knew what he meant, it just was not a very good saying.
  9. Monte Carlo

    Pregame: Illinois at Minnesota, Wednesday, January 30th, 8:00pm CT, BTN

    Actually, I think you can. Minnesota has a guard issue from the ball handling standpoint, and I think Illinois can pressure them into turnovers. I like this matchup for that reason.
  10. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

    Or maybe uncontested threes. When you watched Iowa decimate us, nearly every one of their threes were wide open with feet set. Nearly every one of ours are challenged. I see a team that doesn't share the ball like they should. There were two fast breaks in the Iowa game - one in each half -...
  11. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

    I think there's only one junior, correct? Kipper. And, I am betting he sees the writing on the wall and leaves after this year. So, problem erased.
  12. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

    After the way he has played the last couple of games, I think people should temper expectations for him being a NBA first-rounder next year. He still has some issues finishing against size in the paint, way too inconsistent of a three-point shooter and I think he still is too much of a shoot...
  13. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

    Veronica! I think it has always been down to just her and Betty!
  14. Monte Carlo

    Illini Bars

    So did Kenny Battle since he was in DeKalb and not Macomb.
  15. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

    I don't believe we have seen enough of Tevian Jones to term him a tweener. What little I have seen of him makes me think he could definitely be a three. Griffin has rebounded very well for the most part, but again, both are mid-level rated guys who are freshman and they don't get a lot of...
  16. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

    That's not really true. His overall shooting is down 1% and his three-point shooting has gone from 31% to 34%, not much of a change. Playing against lesser qualify opponents day in and day out his numbers are about the same in scoring, rebounding and shooting, so thinking muscularity has nothing...
  17. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November-December 2018)

    Actually, Nunn not working out was a Nunn problem, plain and simple. Williams left with coaching change, IIRC. It happens, but not sure that either constitutes an "Illinois" problem, even if there might be a problem.
  18. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    I would think that would mean not in any trouble with the program and not on academic probation. That may still leave a bit of gray area, but I think it removes the "you don't fit into the future, so I want to Crean you" scenario that is invoked just because a player doesn't end up being what...
  19. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    I think any transfer should have to sit a year, no matter the reason. They have signed a contract basically and if they want to break that commitment, then they should have to sit. People in the working world sign employment contracts and there are negative consequences for breaking them. Just...
  20. Monte Carlo

    Illini Basketball 2018-2019

    THT is very inconsistent at this time. His game against us was by far the best he has played. Shooting just 41% from the field and 30% on threes for the year. Yes, he is averaging 15.4, but the blur we saw when he destroyed us was not indicative of the type of player he is now. Certainly don't...
  21. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November-December 2018)

    Multiple times. It's not like it only happened once. Maybe it's because he wants to stay out of foul trouble.
  22. Monte Carlo

    Illini Basketball 2018-2019

    He has taken fives off the dribble, but there is a difference anymore between the fours and the fives. I think he has shown flashes, but we need a lot more information to draw on whether he is what he appeared to be in games 1-3 or if he is more like the guy we have seen since then. His shooting...
  23. Monte Carlo

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November-December 2018)

    They may not be, and I didn't say that, just that rankings wise they appear head and shoulders above the rest. And, if Cockburn is a top 30, then it is highly likely he is better than any big on our roster. I did nothing other than what the original poster did - speculate on what could be. I...
  24. Monte Carlo

    Illini Basketball 2018-2019

    Not so sur Not so sure Georgi would be at the 4. He can't hardly guard the five, let alone a four who has some quicks and ability to put the ball on the floor. I am thinking Cockburn and January might actually be the the best two - certainly highest rated two - in the frontcourt with the other...