Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (August 2020)

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Hopefully I’m wrong tho 🙏🏼

Still plenty of time for OA and the staff to work there numbers before Monday! 📉🗄📩🧑🏻‍💻👨🏽‍🏫🦸🏾‍♂️💉🩸📲📲📲
 
       
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No, I’m saying that the chances of Jones committing to us on Monday is trending downwards from slim... to none ‼‼

Not saying it’s completely out of the realm of possibilities but it’s not looking good at this point in time.

When you have a team that just entered the conversation a week ago 💰 and is now the perceived leader 💸💸 you start to wonder what other kinds of twists and turns this recruitment could take.

That’s why I said, if he does *ever* commit to us, it won’t be this Monday 🤦🏼
Ok, I totally understand that position. I'm hoping that your wrong as well! We are kinda trending in the CB department right now but I know how fluid recruiting is so they say, lol.
 
       
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I will drop a little positive news in this recruitment bubble that’s about to burst!

... We have A LOT better chance at Bryce Hopkins than people think!

kentucky shmucky!! Hopkins will be are highest rated recruit in this class!!

You heard it here 1st! 😎

unless Chet Holemgren and Michael Foster want to come play along, but they don’t. They want to get paid! 💰💸

I am also hearing that the “power shift” of who is calling the shots at DePaul now has extremely upset the Bynum camp...

What’s he rated again?? 👀
 
       
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I will drop a little positive news in this recruitment bubble that’s about to burst!

... We have A LOT better chance at Bryce Hopkins than people think!

kentucky shmucky!! Hopkins will be are highest rated recruit in this class!!

You heard it here 1st! 😎

unless Chet Holemgren and Michael Foster want to come play along, but they don’t. They want to get paid! 💰💸

I am also hearing that the “power shift” of who is calling the shots at DePaul now has extremely upset the Bynum camp...

What’s he rated again?? 👀
Whats your take on Nesbitt and Mac?
 
       
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Whats your take on Nesbitt and Mac?

guys like 4040 or Moggs may not better than I but from everything I can tell the staff has not conceded ANYTHING here! 💯

From what the Family is telling the staff we are still very much so in the thick of things!! Nor have the Nesbitt’s made a decision yet, so...

🤷🏼🤷🏽
 
       
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guys like 4040 or Moggs may not better than I but from everything I can tell the staff has not conceded ANYTHING here! 💯

From what the Family is telling the staff we are still very much so in the thick of things!! Nor have the Nesbitt’s made a decision yet, so...

🤷🏼🤷🏽
He’s right. Still really like where they are with Mac. And the gas is back on the pedal for Nesbitt after not commuting to SLU.
 
       
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guys like 4040 or Moggs may not better than I but from everything I can tell the staff has not conceded ANYTHING here! 💯

From what the Family is telling the staff we are still very much so in the thick of things!! Nor have the Nesbitt’s made a decision yet, so...

🤷🏼🤷🏽

Ur sounding pretty plugged right now my friend. I must say..i love hoops recruiting when Illinois is good. A lot of crazy recruitments to follow.
 
       
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guys like 4040 or Moggs may know better than I but from everything I can tell the staff has not conceded ANYTHING here! 💯

From what the Family is telling the staff we are still very much so in the thick of things!! Nor have the Nesbitt’s made a decision yet, so...

🤷🏼🤷🏽
Meant to say know better instead of not better! And absolutely! Thank you 4040! Great info because there was definitely some break in the line of communication there somewhere and I’m hoping he doesn’t ever end up commuting to SLU ... EVER!!
 
       
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Ur sounding pretty plugged right now my friend. I must say..i love hoops recruiting when Illinois is good. A lot of crazy recruitments to follow.

Appreciate you, I see you around on other boards as well and I always appreciate your insights!!

speaking of plugged... WTF is going on at DePaul!!! 😱😱

A) I think they are low key jealous of us. Jus sayin 🤷🏽‍♂️

B) I guess we are about to see who really has the Dominican Juice and find out whose the REAL top dawg down there in the Republic, aren’t we?! 🦸🏾‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

EDIT: To speak more clearly, I am Not liking these developments in the Jones recruitment at all. Nor am I liking the impact this might have on recruiting across the state and beyond our borders!! Like WTF 🤯🤬🤬

It is almost single-handedly elevating the Jones recruitment to epic levels of importance imo. If OA can’t pull this one out it could become a thorn in his side and be an unwanted trend that we do not want to see followed 😨😳
 
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let’s connect some dots here...

https://www.espn.com/blog/collegeba...3417/joe-b-hall-kept-from-coaching-ex-uk-pros

I know he’s not mentioned in this article, but Peevy is the same coach who was just hired at DePaul who orchestrated all of this for Coach Cal at UK ...

Peevy set up the camps and the clinics and the negotiated the 800K price tag for these events in the DR when other schools would go down there for the same thing and spend 40K. That’s a lot of money to spread around! But anything goes for coach Cal and Kentucky...

DePaul recognized the source and hired the man (Peevy) from the DR, who is now calling the shots at DePaul. Allegedly he has just as much juice, if not more, in the DR than Antigua..

There all connected to the same guys (Antigua and Peevy that is).

Shall I go on...???
 
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y'all think that missing on jones and Weston and most likely Nesbitt gonna help us with the harder push for Bryce Hopkins or another Wing target.
 
       
let’s connect some dots here...

https://www.espn.com/blog/collegeba...3417/joe-b-hall-kept-from-coaching-ex-uk-pros

I know he’s not mentioned in this article, but Peevy is the same coach who was just hired at DePaul who orchestrated all of this for Coach Cal at UK ...

Peevy set up the camps and the clinics and the negotiated the 800K price tag for these events in the DR when other schools would go down there for the same thing and spend 40K. That’s a lot of money to spread around! But anything goes for coach Cal and Kentucky...

DePaul recognized the source and hired the man (Peevy) from the DR, who is now calling the shots at DePaul. Allegedly he has just as much juice, if not more, in the DR than Antigua..

There all connected to the same guys (Antigua and Peevy that is).

Shall I go on...???

The real dot connection will begin when Peevy lets Leitao go and a replacement needs to be named.
 
       
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The real dot connection will begin when Peevy lets Leitao go and a replacement needs to be named.
I’m getting the feeling this is someone on our current staff
 
       
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At best DePaul would serve as a stepping stone to any coach who could bring success there.

I think that if this rebuild continues to move along a competitive DePaul would be a blip on the Illini radar.
 
       
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i mean he was at South Florida and that didn’t really work...

I think OA is working himself up somewhere bigger than DePaul, but I could be wrong!

if that happened, 💩 Would sting really bad and be the absolute utmost WORSE turn of events possible!!

At this point, after thinking of those possibilities... I would almost run laps around the DePaul campus naked 10 times If they hired Nick Irvin and not our boy OA!

gosh that’s scary to think about!! 😱😱
Why is this so scary? I feel like this is a relatively common scenario for successful programs.

Are you implying Illini wouldn’t land any comparable recruits without OA? I get BU may lose some to OA, or need to shift the strategy, but is that anything a BU program couldn’t survive?
 
       
i mean he was at South Florida and that didn’t really work...

I think OA is working himself up somewhere bigger than DePaul, but I could be wrong!

if that happened, 💩 Would sting really bad and be the absolute utmost WORSE turn of events possible!!

At this point, after thinking of those possibilities... I would almost run laps around the DePaul campus naked 10 times If they hired Nick Irvin and not our boy OA!

gosh that’s scary to think about!! 😱😱

It will not be Nick. Peevy and OA were together at UK for 5 years. Some UK insiders think that the Wildcats will never win another NC without OA, because OA was so important to the success of that program. Heck, just take the guys off of Illinois that OA has his fingerprints on and where would be.??
 
       
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Why is this so scary? I feel like this is a relatively common scenario for successful programs.

Are you implying Illini wouldn’t land any comparable recruits without OA? I get BU may lose some to OA, or need to shift the strategy, but is that anything a BU program couldn’t survive?
Big, big fan of the staff BU has here at Illinois, big fan of OA and would hate to see him leave, but I'm gaining confidence in Underwood to find another really good assistant who can recruit well
 
       
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Why is this so scary? I feel like this is a relatively common scenario for successful programs.

Are you implying Illini wouldn’t land any comparable recruits without OA? I get BU may lose some to OA, or need to shift the strategy, but is that anything a BU program couldn’t survive?

like TC, where are we going with just Chin as the only effective recruiter on the staff? Are we going to replace him with Roger Powell (love the guy, but not a fit for this program under BU imo) or re-promote Jamal Walker??

Kentucky hasn’t had an AD / DeMarcus cousins type class or championship since OA left..

BU is a better coach imo, but we would be left for talent if that happens? Chicago???! 🙄
 
       
It will not be Nick. Peevy and OA were together at UK for 5 years. Some UK insiders think that the Wildcats will never win another NC without OA, because OA was so important to the success of that program. Heck, just take the guys off of Illinois that OA has his fingerprints on and where would be.??
OA has recruited awesome, I wish he would stay here for many more years, but if he wasn't here Underwood would have a lot of money to find another ace recruiter - I'm not saying as good as OA, but someone who could still do well
This is a little before I started following Illini hoops, but wasn't everyone worried back when Lou Henson lost Tony Yates and then he was replaced by Jimmy Collins? That worked out pretty well
 
       
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