Illinois alumni team in TBT

#51
South Carolina
Lol I love the conversation honestly. But It’s funny people forget Luther head, Rich McBride, Aaron Spears (potential Sean May stopper😩) got arrested while on the team and were charges away from facing possible jailtime. Magically they weren’t filed 2003 (things were a lot different even back then). Spears at 6’10 250 transfers to St. Johns. Head and McBride suspended then welcomed back. Imagine if all were kicked off? Which would be protocol in today’s NCAA. Also even Frank Williams has been in trouble after his career in more recent years. In all seriousness why does it matter? They don’t belong to any corporations anymore. These Alumni don’t owe anyone anything. I’m sure some could use the cash prize. Once an Illini always Illini. (Not Mark Smith he’s still in school, and its Mizzou so that is very irrelevant)
I agree with the part about disciplinary standards being very different from 20 years ago.

But Darius Paul? He didn't play a single game for Illinois.
 
#53
New York
House of Paign has announced three players so far for this summer’s TBT: Hill, Rice, and Egwu.
Here’s the latest, the Rice announcement -

Tournament scheduled for July-August (obviously a question mark) in various sites across country. 64 teams, single elimination, $2m prize winner takes all.

http://thetournament.com/about


If this happens, I’d be excited to see how our guys do. No NBA players allowed, so depending how we fill out the roster, we might be competitive. I’d definitely like to see Bpaul and McCamey join. After that, perhaps some combo of Leron, Richardson, Feliz, AJ, Mav.
 
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#54
So will Kofi be able to play... or does G league count as the NBA?

😱😱
 
#57
New York
Just occurred to me that all 3 players on the roster so far were on the team in 2014-15, along with soph Nunn and frosh Black. There was some talent there, although we were pretty young and the young guys got much better as time went on. Pretty disappointing that group couldn’t get to the tourney. Would be nice to see them make some noise together.
 
#58
Anyone know how the coaching will be handled? Who? How the coach is picked, etc.?
 
#59
Just occurred to me that all 3 players on the roster so far were on the team in 2014-15, along with soph Nunn and frosh Black. There was some talent there, although we were pretty young and the young guys got much better as time went on. Pretty disappointing that group couldn’t get to the tourney. Would be nice to see them make some noise together.
Makes sense on the players that have joined up so far. Looks like LaTulip is the one putting it all together and will be acting as a coach.

http://thetournament.com/teams/house-paign-illinois-alumni
 
#63
Just occurred to me that all 3 players on the roster so far were on the team in 2014-15, along with soph Nunn and frosh Black. There was some talent there, although we were pretty young and the young guys got much better as time went on. Pretty disappointing that group couldn’t get to the tourney. Would be nice to see them make some noise together.
That was the team where the two major conference transfers - Starks (Oregon St) and Cosby (Seton Hall) - came in and couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn with a basketball. They both looked like they forgot how to shoot during their year off. Had been double digit scorers at their old schools and couldn’t do anything at Illinois.

Also some personality conflicts... Rice and Cosby got into a fight. Cosby got suspended. Actually, players not able to keep their hands to themselves was a pretty persistent problem under Groce.
 
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#66
Great article about Rice looking forward to TBT and back on his time as an Illini.

Loved him on Illini and it looks like he’s developing more as a PG and is doing great overseas but still thinking of pursuing NBA. Awesome Champaign product, super athlete, competitive and fun to watch.

https://247sports.com/college/illin...T-still-chasing-professional-dream-146659180/
Reading this article.....makes me wonder what would have been if we passed on Richmond and took Rice in 2010....I always thought there was an unspoken shooter's ego conflict between RR and MH....obviously I was mistaken. Great to hear they are regrouping. This tournament should be very fun to watch.
 
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#74
New York
Wow! Great team coming together
 
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