Illini Basketball 2020-2021

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#51
I followed the Team Sheets closely last season, and if I remember correctly last years team did well playing close to teams ranked above them. Their weakness was losing, or winning close, in games they were favored.

I just want to see a steadier team this year. BU has shown he’s capable of adapting to his roster, pulling off the big upset, and going toe-toe with the heavy hitters. I don’t think he’s shown yet with the Illini that he can coach consistency.

Obviously, he was able to maintain some impressive streaks at SFA, but I’m not familiar with the circumstances of his SFA teams.
 
#57
So, it looks like we’re in on Ben Stanley. Haven’t seen him play outside of our game against Hampton last year, but seems like he could be a solid pickup—good size, numbers, etc. Anyone know if it’s serious interest?
 
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#59
Would be thrilled if we got him. I know that much.
Interesting situation, he has already had redshirt year...so a normal sitout year may cost him a year of eligibility. The article I saw didn’t know if he could graduate.
 
#62
Would be thrilled if we got him. I know that much.
On one hand he gives us another option at 4, but on the other hand we are at the 13 limit so someone has to go...so if keeping the 13 we have is an option I would pick that
 
#64
So, it looks like we’re in on Ben Stanley. Haven’t seen him play outside of our game against Hampton last year, but seems like he could be a solid pickup—good size, numbers, etc. Anyone know if it’s serious interest?
Should I read this to say the staff is now expecting Ayo to stay in the draft?
 
#67
It seems to me that if there is uncertainty on both sides as to whether there will even be NBA and college seasons this fall, it makes the most sense for Ayo to stay in the draft. Might as well go with the one with the most opportunity for a payout.

That said, I sure hope he changes his mind and comes back to Champaign for one more year.
Aren't players making more money and having more contract control as UDFA as opposed to a late 2nd round pick? At least that route gives the most flexibility. Or do you have to exit college to be considered UDFA in the first place?
 
#68
I think he would need to remain in the draft, otherwise a player like Zion could remove their name, then choose their team.
 
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#69
I wouldn’t expect anything else from Ayo at this point. He said what he needed to say. He’s clearly trying to figure out where he stands, and I hope he’s drafted and lives his dream.

Whether he stays or goes IMO comes down to combine invite. I think without an invite the best option is returning whether or not the NCAA season is played: financially compensated for living expenses, training facilities and coaching provided, NIL earning opportunities, etc.
 
#70
Forgottonia
I’ve said all along I think Ayo goes and Ive yet to hear a compelling argument for him to return unless he doesn’t think he will be drafted at all. Lots of uncertainties with the NBA, but looking at the world today, the chances of a full college basketball season don’t appear that strong either so that’s even less reason to return. Whatever, I wish him the best and I’m sure he will make the right decision for him.

It would be fascinating to hear all the discussions going on behind the scenes regarding the upcoming season. Lots of pressure on those people and no matter what they decide they will be roundly criticized by some.
 
#71
Aren't players making more money and having more contract control as UDFA as opposed to a late 2nd round pick? At least that route gives the most flexibility. Or do you have to exit college to be considered UDFA in the first place?
If you are under the age of 22 you have to declare for the draft. Anyone who is 22 is eligible to be drafted, regardless of where they are playing or if they want to play in the NBA or not. You can only be a UDFA if you are 23 or older, or were not selected in a draft in which you were available to be drafted.

In other words, if you are 18-22 you have to go through the draft process in order to be eligible to sign with an NBA team.
 
#72
If you are under the age of 22 you have to declare for the draft. Anyone who is 22 is eligible to be drafted, regardless of where they are playing or if they want to play in the NBA or not. You can only be a UDFA if you are 23 or older, or were not selected in a draft in which you were available to be drafted.

In other words, if you are 18-22 you have to go through the draft process in order to be eligible to sign with an NBA team.
You mean I was draft eligible 11 years ago and didn’t let anybody know?
 
#73
I wouldn’t expect anything else from Ayo at this point. He said what he needed to say.
+1

Going to be tricky for him given the disruption in this draft, with some effect rolling into the next as well.
 
#74
If you are under the age of 22 you have to declare for the draft. Anyone who is 22 is eligible to be drafted, regardless of where they are playing or if they want to play in the NBA or not. You can only be a UDFA if you are 23 or older, or were not selected in a draft in which you were available to be drafted.

In other words, if you are 18-22 you have to go through the draft process in order to be eligible to sign with an NBA team.
This is really good info. Thanks for posting. Nunn was under 23 but of course not drafted thus enabling him to go the UDFA route.
 
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