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  1. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    As long as any players ability to physically play the game doesnt diminish and for most athletes that happens in the early 30s.. Then I'd say players can always improve and work on their skill sets even beyond college . GB or any of the players can improve. It may be more difficult the better...
  2. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I wouldnt mind if Samba stayed. I feel he still needs a lot of development to play meaningful minutes this year but he hasnt played basketball long and if we dont fill the scholly him sticking around should only be a plus. I wish he has redshirted last year and had 4 years remaining to develop...
  3. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    There is absolutely no way that GB wont start. I expect both him and Kofi to start every game. GB can play as a 4 with his back to the basket. He was guarded by bigger men last year but with Kofi on the floor he will cause major problems from in the paint. 4s can still play with there back to...
  4. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I dont think Meyers skill set sucked. Weber never ever used him properly so we just disagree. As for those you listed I dont consider Cook as a big. He played on the perimeter. Skill wise Imo i think GB is more skilled than marcus.. Deon Thomas I maybe overlooked but GB has handles, can pass...
  5. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Last year most thought dancing. dribbling , and all that that Samba was better than him. I used to live at Huff and IMPE. I cant recall any big men other than Meyers with a better skill set. Weber just screwed up. GB is the most skilled guy we have ever had since 1975 that's over 6'10". The...
  6. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    He stayed 20 n I do think it was a stretch for a player that made one free throw and only 1 shot I recall outside often feet. I think a 6'8" to 6'10" guy with skill is a much better option. I remember last year most on here, not me or a few others but most thought Kane was better skilled than...
  7. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Improvement is one thing but from basically nothing to 20 minutes a game and playing alot is another.
  8. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    ....imo no way. ...A guy that made one free throw out of seven attempts and maybe one shot outside 10 feet all season isnt gonna just play because is tall and can jump. We have other options now at the 4. GB and Kofi will play most of the minutes at the 5 and when they are both out of the game...
  9. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    So I think it was mentioned that Tilmon is committing tomorrow on the 15th. Is there any truth to that? That could be awesome for us. ILLINI
  10. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I dont understand what all this so called optimism was based on? I feel our best line ups as a whole when GB or Kofi is not in the game will consist of more skilled, stronger, improved, experienced existing and incoming players. 6'8 or 6'10"" isnt really playing small anymore. I would love to...
  11. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I think Ebo may have been faster and could jump higher which is what most people imo incorrectly equate solely to athleticism.. However, hand eye coordination, ability to use both hands reaction time, agility, quickness, and overall strength I'd side with GB. GB us very coordinated in his hands...
  12. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I totally agree with you. I am just going by what was said by most on this board about Ebo. I think GB and Bird are and were great athletes but most equate jumping and speed with it. I should have stated that most felt that way. I didnt. However, I do think it similar to Sambas situation.
  13. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Mav had skill and was the player of the year in Ohio. Samba is not as good as Mav and imo wont be. Being athletic doesnt always equate to being good at basketball. Would you prefer Ebo or GB? Plain and simply Samba was smart to.leave if he wants to play with who is on the team and those we...
  14. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    First off I wish Samba nothing but the best with whatever decision he makes. He seems to be a very likable young man. Samba would have been third on the depth chart at the 5 at best. I am not sure that he was better than BK or Verdonk. I think the issue was Samba was not going to play...
  15. R

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    We probably already do have a better player in his place and he likely knew it.
  16. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    That's easy..come on man! Lol..I see Griff around Ororia often.
  17. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Sorry about that. I was referring to our incoming recruits. Verdonk who just arrived and BK who has yet to arrive. I wonder how they could impact our team and current players. Maybe that was the wrong thread looking back but they are incoming recruits.
  18. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    What would you expect BU to say? He isntvgoing to be negative about a player in the media like Weber. When he plays Samba I'll believe he trusts him on 2019. When has BU ever been critical about a player that didnt play in a game we all saw. I d bet on Verdonk or BK first in that order er t...
  19. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I agree with this for the most part. One thing is for sure. Someone should have an opportunity to step up. We have more depth and choices for BU so that could make all of them worker harder to be better. If BU chooses to go with a true big to fill in it will be great to have more competition and...
  20. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I know BK is only a freshman but he seems to have a skill set that could contribute so if a big must play then regardless of class I wouldnt be shocked if it were BK or Verdonk. . I dont expect much from BK , Verdonk or Samba but at least it appears BK and Verdonk can knock down an open 15...
  21. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    We wont be undersized with Kofi and GB. Between the two of bn them we will be much better off. Someone will step up I just dint think there is anyway BU goes from really not playing Samba any meaningful minute to suddenly playing him often when we are more skilled this year than last down low...
  22. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I think that's true for Tev because he has a skill set too. Being athletic alone doesnt equate to being a good basketball player. Developing skill takes some time but I'll give you b.v the fact being a good athlete could help speed along the process. Given what faith BU had last year I think 1...
  23. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I doubt he plays 5 minutes. I think it is just as likely a freshman could leap Samba on the depth chart unless he really gets stronger and improves his skill set. I think it will take more than one off season for that kind of jump for Samba. He have others that are better options most likely for...
  24. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I hope you are right. I just wonder why everyone thinks its Kane that will suddenly see meaningful minutes when he really saw none last year on a team that had fewer options. I think it's more likely to be a newcomer or GB getting those minutes at the 5. I hope Samba has a skill set we can trust...
  25. R

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    No kidding, lol. How about we watch a young man play a game before making such bold predictions. We really dont know what to expect. GB or even Mark Smith should have taught us that by now!