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  1. BirdDog9048

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Uhhh... Leron Black says "Hello"...
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    Alma Otter / Champ Mascot

    Yeah, but that gave us this gem:
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    Mark Smith cleared to play for Missouri this season

    I'm really hoping this comes down to Mizzou making a mistake and reading something incorrectly. Really lean into the MizNoz reputation.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2018)

    Winning definitely creates recruiting. It's how the blue bloods remain blue bloods. They win because they recruit well, and they recruit well because they win. It's a perfect chicken and egg metaphor though. People are arguing over which one is the egg.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2018)

    Well that shouldn't be too difficult...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2018)

    I'm pretty sure he was joking...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2018)

    Shaw is an extreme case of that happening. He was almost immediately a lost cause. I think DJ could thrive with the right coach and system. Unfortunately for us, John Groce was not that coach.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2018)

    Roughly, but they took a very different path to getting there. DJ started very highly ranked and dropped some over his last 2 years in school. Shannon has done the exact opposite.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2018)

    I would guess that those kids would want to go to Walter Payton now.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2018)

    It's important to note Lincoln Park High School vs. Lincoln Park the neighborhood. Demographics are completely different.
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    FBI College Basketball Corruption Investigation

    With Illinois getting the death penalty?
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2018)

    And now he has a contract with a team in a different Oakland...
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    Test your Illini chops

    The Man on the Moon
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2018)

    There are actual rankings for this kind of thing (top party schools), and we are routinely in the top 10 nationally every year. There have been a couple years in the past decade with us at #1. So, no, not "literally every school save a select few" can make the same case we can.
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    Illinois Football Uniforms

    Are you even an Illini fan? #OrangeIsLife
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (August 2018)

    The 6-pack no longer exists. It's all about The Ike now.
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    Illini Football 2018

    So, uhhh... Can we talk about the fact that apparently Mikey Dudek is black now...?
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    Transfers Thread

    That just might put them over the top for a National Championship. :thumb:
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    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Littyville defined: https://247sports.com/college/illinois/Article/Illinois-assistant-Thad-Ward-explains-the-origin-meaning-of-Littyville-116317879
  20. BirdDog9048

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2018)

    This. And then you get all the feel good stories associated with a walk-on "earning a scholarship".
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2018)

    If the right 5th year doesn't present himself, you roll it over and give it to a walk-on for a year. Adding a 5th year guy that thinks he's better than he is and then sits on the bench while freshmen get playing time is a potential chemistry cancer for the team.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2018)

    To be fair, most people would have a hard time scoring from a place that doesn't exist...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2018)

    Uhhh.... at his best, Kipper scored 31 points against Iowa in the BTT and 27 against #6 Michigan State.
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    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Not discounting the story one bit, but keep in mind that Gimel President started his career at Auburn, who happen to also be orange and blue.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2018)

    That's a huge assumption. I'd still take the field over us, if I were a betting man.