Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2020)

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If we add Etienne to the 2020 class (and Miller signs), I think we leapfrog Michigan to have the best class in the B1G. Top 10 in the country. Not too shabby.
 
       
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Kudos to the staff for keeping the momentum going! I-L-L!
 
       
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Yes, very good.

We’re leading that recruitment.

Staff did a heck of job during his visit. The staff getting that visit in before all this went down was crucial.
This was on the shelf at Carmen's Bakery in Suffield this morning. Just sayin..
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This kid is really nice! Awesome shot! Get him please!
This kid with Goode, and Hawkins on the wings... watch out! Athleticism and a great shot with bodies and a hand in his face! I'm really impressed with this kid... please get him!
 
       
This kid with Goode, and Hawkins on the wings... watch out! Athleticism and a great shot with bodies and a hand in his face! I'm really impressed with this kid... please get him!
Now listed at 6’5”, still growing? He can shoot!!
 
       

As in "Open and _____".

I love this kid Goode. He's the kind of player who has elevated Wisconsin and Iowa. I'm eager to see how Underwood uses him. He's versatile, has good handles, and unquestionably can shoot the rock. Articulate, also. The perfect addition to our program, in my estimation. He's clearly assessed all variables and very much wants to be an Illini.
 
       
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What are your guys dream/realistic classes?
Dream: Hardy, Cisse, Goode, Bediako
Realistic: Etienne, Weston, Goode, Okoro (TR)
The dream puts us in final four contention immediately, while the realistic puts us as a year in year out tourney program. Personally, I would love to land the 3-4 year guys that we can watch grow and develop to lead us further into the tournament rather than the one and dones. Yet, I won’t complain if any of the 5 stars lists we’re on commit to the Beloved!
 
       
Watching his interview and a few highlights show a crossover to step back which is nice. If he can add some weight, watch out.
 
       
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Snatching a kid like this from the Hoosier's back yard makes my heart sing!
 
       
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Maybe I've been around too long but I'll celebrate on signing day when it comes to a recruit from Indiana that grew up with Hoosier connections. The 2007 recruiting season is still a micro-aggression for me.
 
       
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Indy do you think Etienne will reclassify? If he does any word on when this will happen?
 
       
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Etienne has generated a lot of HM interest recently with offers from Kansas, LVille and tOSU.
 
       
Indy do you think Etienne will reclassify? If he does any word on when this will happen?

I do think he will reclassify. He has said the end of summer to make a decision on that formally, but my guess is it will be sooner than that.

However, I have talked to multiple coaches and they are all pursuing him as if he is going to be a 2020 recruit. But many would take him in either class.
 
       
Weston seems like a high motor guy in games I saw him. Seems to have some Malcolm Hill to his game, which I would take for 4 years.
 
       
Sounds really excited to be an Illini

His enthusiasm about Underwood, the school, the location, and ability of his friends & family to attend, are all palpable.

He shows some nice all around skills in the highlights. His size has given him some ability to play more like a forward, but you can see the guard tools. Kind of combo 2/3 that will open up spacing as opponents have to respect his outside shot. I'm a huge fan of shooting guards with the size and confidence to take deep shots, and he brings so much more.

Very, very happy to have this commit.
 
       
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