Illini Basketball 2019-2020

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Of course if this same roster played for Clownzo, and he didn't make the NCAAs, we would be all over him, laughingly wondering "How can that guy take two five star recruits and NOT make the tournament?" But with Underwood, we cautiously hope he will make the tourney, but hey, no biggie if we're just .500 and miss the tournament. He's building something!
We don't have two 5* recruits, so there's that.
 
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There's literally zero indication he wont sign. Waiting on his mom is 100% a valid excuse. Maybe he already has, maybe the university is waiting until the class is more complete to announce everyone. Maybe he hasn't signed, but until theres even hints that he's having second thoughts I think we need to trust this kid.
 
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We have two five star recruits?

We have Ayo (4 stars, though 247 individually had him at 5 stars) and Kofi (4 stars, assuming he signs). Who are the 5 star guys?
Both Ayo and Kofi were 5-stars at various times. And yes, I know they weren’t consensus or 5-stars at graduation, but those annoying details have never stopped us from slamming other coaches in similar situations. In any case, the point is the same — with the same roster and similar results, a lot of us would rip Cuonzo or other coaches, and make excuses for our own.
 

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There's literally zero indication he wont sign. Waiting on his mom is 100% a valid excuse. Maybe he already has, maybe the university is waiting until the class is more complete to announce everyone. Maybe he hasn't signed, but until theres even hints that he's having second thoughts I think we need to trust this kid.
Except the minor fact that it is 6 days after the start of the signing period, there's literally zero indication. I know, probably just the pessimistic Illini fan in me but until the signature is on the line it is a fair question.
 
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Both Ayo and Kofi were 5-stars at various times. And yes, I know they weren’t consensus or 5-stars at graduation, but those annoying details have never stopped us from slamming other coaches in similar situations. In any case, the point is the same — with the same roster and similar results, a lot of us would rip Cuonzo or other coaches, and make excuses for our own.
I disagree with your assessment. We slammed Cuonzo for squandering talent because he had the likes of Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown in the same class and didn't do squat with them. Both were top 5 blue chip recruits. That is not the same as Dosunmu and Cockburn in back to back classes.
 
There's literally zero indication he wont sign. Waiting on his mom is 100% a valid excuse. Maybe he already has, maybe the university is waiting until the class is more complete to announce everyone. Maybe he hasn't signed, but until theres even hints that he's having second thoughts I think we need to trust this kid.

Kofi is negotiating from a position of strength.
 
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