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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Why do you say that? I don't follow NBA much, but Rui was just a lottery pick and didn't shoot the 3. Sure he has a 41% but he made only 36 attempts all year. For comparison sake, Rui was 5 for 26 the year before, and Giorgi was 5 for 30 this year. Brandon Clark, Sekou Doumbouya, nor Grant...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    No Miller would be a bummer considering I think this 2020 fall class will be committing largely based on faith still. Without Miller I'm guessing we're looking at signing 4-6 players this spring. Ultimately, though, I think our future recruiting hinges on winning this year, and getting Ayo into...
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    Italy Tour

    That's kinda my point though. My guess is they didn't take the first leg of their flight before finding out there were issues. That's the part I have problems with. I've witnessed business visa issues that have taken 6 months to work out. I understand that it can be difficult. I don't want to...
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    Italy Tour

    Just catching up on this Visa problem, and in my opinion it is totally inexcusable for them to be stranded en route. Struggling to secure a Visa prior to departure, and attempting to resolve any issues en route are two totally different scenarios. I have no idea what the circumstances are for...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    @Greensboro, I agree with just about your whole post, but my opinion of how the rotations will work is the same as @alaskaillini. I think, based on what I’ve observed, that BU will alter the lineup to get the best players on the floor. I think it’s reasonable to assume that Samba was 9 or 10...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I don't think many people are arguing that it's better to have an empty roster spot than it is to have Samba on the bench. There might be a couple posters who are predicting a more capable replacement that has yet to be announced, or join the team. Beyond those posters, I think everyone would...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Fair enough, but to what end? If the goal is Final Four, then yeah I completely agree. I think for a sweet 16 ceiling we're fine. When I look at the rosters for other teams there are very few who have more than 2 reliable bigs. Texas Tech for example had 2 guys taller than 6' 5" who averaged...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I'm not so worried about Giorgi's shot, or how the minutes split across the 4/5. I think the best lineup potential has Giorgi and Kofi playing together. Ideally, the two of them require 2+ defenders. It will be critical they can play off each other and the defensesive rotation. I liked reading...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Does Myke Henry have a pro career if he stays at Illinois?
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Finke? Leron (kinda)? JCL (has been injured)? I agree, that transfers are now a part of NCAA basketball. If we're churning the end of bench because guys who won't significantly play here want to play more elsewhere, then I have no problem with that. I'll be concerned if we end up graduating...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Samba was never going to be the difference-maker next season. Generally, teams play 7 deep when it matters. Our top 7 are going to make or break this season. So unless you think Samba was one of our 7 best, then I’m not convinced his transfer will change much next year. IMO, next season success...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (July 2019)

    You all are sleeping on Giorgi. I'm calling it now. He will have a better NBA career than Rui Hachimura. Him being drafted will be to Underwood what Trey Burke was to Beilein with respect to recruiting.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    Rutgers and Illinois the only visits for Tillman... Safe to assume he’d use our last schollie?
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    I thought Underwood was a great hire; especially after he formed his staff. I knew it would be a ground up rebuild after some of the early transfers. I did worry after all of the attrition and late signees. If we had lost more starters this year, then I’d have serious culture concerns, and...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    Next season, or the following one? Either way, I'm assuming he sees an opportunity to start. It doesn't seem like his game overlaps with Giorgi's or Kofi's much, and I'm guessing as the reigning PAC10 6th man of the year as a Soph he isn't intimidated by the rest of our roster. On paper he'd be...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    Utah with 6 transfers in the portal this year; looks like 2 have already left. Donnie would be 3rd. Institutional issues, that may result in immediate eligibility?
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    Interesting stats for Donnie. PF with half his shots coming from 3pt land, and making 36%. On paper he edges out Ayo as our 2nd best 3pt shooter. Also, his per 40 minute, and 100 possession numbers are excellent. https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/illinois/2019.html...
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    2019 NBA Draft Thread

    Just read quick draft recap. Looks like a lot of players who left early probably should've stayed in school another year: Bruno Fernando Tremont Waters Jaylen Hands Isaiah Roby (maybe) Bol Bol THT Ignas Not to mention all the players that went undrafted.
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    FBI College Basketball Corruption Investigation

    Edit: IMO for this whole comment... I’ve posted about this more in depth before, but the NCAA’s primary objective is to maintain the amateurism status quo. That’s why they won’t punish a winning program. They can’t, by their own admission, allow the argument that compensating players beyond the...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    I agree. I think even firing him 1 year earlier would've been much better.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    That 2008-2009 season was such a mirage. There was a lot of optimism then. They just finished 2nd, and had probably Weber's 2 best recruiting classes coming in the following 2 years. In hindsight, Weber needed to be let go after the 2007-2008 season with Stan Simpson, and Dominique Keller as...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Hopefully, he’ll play the role that best suits his skills instead of necessity. Maybe that will help.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (June 2019)

    Indiana has made the tournament 4 times in the last 12 years during the Crean and Miller years. During that time they have had as recruits: 7 - 5 stars 20 - 4 stars Keep in mind many of these players played together for multiple years, so on paper they've been stacked. Yet, still little, or...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    No in-person contact with the coaching staff? Seems like a desperation move by both parties. I’m assuming his tape was sent to more than just Illinois, or is the staff just scouring youtube? I hope he pans out, its just odd that we’d sign him sight unseen. If he’s blown up enough to deserve...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Food for thought... College 3P% Avg: 34.29% College 3P% Median: 34.20% College 3P% Std Dev: 2.54% College 3PA per Min: 0.56 College 3PA per FGA: 0.39 NBA 3P% Avg: 35.44% NBA 3P% Median: 35.10% NBA 3P% Std Dev: 1.44% NBA 3PA per Min: 0.67 NBA 3PA per FGA: 0.36 Edit: Stats for 2018 seasons...