Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (August 2020)

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I think if OA leaves for DePaul he is really selling himself short. I would think he is smarter than that and would wait for a top school / program, in a nicer location that is looking for a top candidate like him !!
Another factor is support/ collaboration from the AD. Sounds like OA would be supported/ have a longer leash; needed as longer rebuild seems likely.
 
I think if OA leaves for DePaul he is really selling himself short. I would think he is smarter than that and would wait for a top school / program, in a nicer location that is looking for a top candidate like him !!
I agree. When Illinois wins the national championship this year he will have his pick of jobs, as may Chin.
 
For what it’s worth I don’t see DePaul ever rejuvenating it’s program or selling out that new arena.

At best they become a stepping stone, and find themselves back to square-one.

Their brand has been dead for 30 years. The new arena is realistically an hour commute from campus either requiring multiple transfers or a near mile walk from the red line. The city does not embrace DePaul where non-students would become excited for their success. It’s just not going to happen.

Not to mention there are no local rivals within the big East to stimulate excitement.

They probably need 10 years of dedicated brand building and outreach before they’ll be able to capitalize on a winning team. No way a good staff suffers through that without moving on to greener pastures.
 
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For what it’s worth I don’t see DePaul ever rejuvenating it’s program or selling out that new arena.

At best they become a stepping stone, and find themselves back to square-one.

Their brand has been dead for 30 years. The new arena is realistically an hour commute from campus either requiring multiple transfers or a near mile walk from the red line. The city does not embrace DePaul where non-students would become excited for their success. It’s just not going to happen.

Not to mention there are no local rivals within the big East to stimulate excitement.

They probably need 10 years of dedicated brand building and outreach before they’ll be able to capitalize on a winning team. No way a good staff suffers through that without moving on to greener pastures.
Agree. That new arena is maybe even a worse location than Rosemont. Going to be really hard to generate a buzz down there. And too many teams to leapfrog in the big East. Would have liked to get Jones but we have other irons in the fire. And worried about losing coach O but that’s inevitable. And with our roster, success, and dare I say it buzz, we should be a much more attractive destination for a hot shot recruiter than we were before the current regime.

This stings but nowhere near the devastation we felt on all those misses during the Groce years.
 
Man this 💩 just starts to stink worse by the minute!

Peevy doesn’t even start until tomorrow, they pushed to get this done before then for a reason 🤮
It doesn't matter when he starts....Josh Whitman did work before his official start date and got us Lovie. True, it wasn't sniping a current, working coach, but still, work was done early...especially at such high stakes. So can't blame the guy for doing what's best for him and his new institution. I wouldn't care if a former boss I liked hadn't started a new job but knew he/she wanted me to fill a role on their team. Sign me up!
 
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Foster top 8 is Georgia, FSU, Grambling State, Western Illinois, and 4 pro options
this has to be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen... picking Western Illinois over us “to play closer to home” ??? 🤔

Gotta think he’s absolutely going pro.
 
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The “Dream Class” (imo) now becomes Goode, Nesbitt, Hopkins, & Etienne...

If we are able land this in the aftermath of the last few recruiting losses, this will all be distant memories!
 
I just don’t get recruiting lol I mean, have you ever walked through Depaul’s campus? It’s awful, it doesn’t even feel like a college campus. I can’t imagine OA wanting to coach there.
 
My question is....how does a kid get an offer from a lower rung D1 school, then 10 days later (without stepping foot on campus) decide that he's going to commit to said school? I just don't see how it's possible. I understand every kid has a different mindset, but come on...if it's a Kentucky or a Duke I would 1000% understand. But Depaul? Something stinks.
 
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My question is....how does a kid get an offer from a lower rung D1 school, then 10 days later (without stepping foot on campus) decide that he's going to commit to said school? I just don't see how it's possible. I understand every kid has a different mindset, but come on...if it's a Kentucky or a Duke I would 1000% understand. But Depaul? Something stinks.
I think we've all pretty much come to the conclu$ion there i$ $ome funny bu$ine$$ involved with thi$ recruitment.
 
I agree. When Illinois wins the national championship this year he will have his pick of jobs, as may Chin.
I have no idea how true the rumors are, but if they are true, it would be hard to fault OA for making the jump. First, getting a head coaching gig in the Big East, even if it is Depaul, is nothing to sneeze at especially considering the tarnish he has on his resume for his head coaching tenure at USF. Second, comparing Leitao's salary vs. OAs would indicate that he would be in line for about a 1M pay bump (tripling his salary). That would be hard to pass up. The worst-case scenario for him is that he flames out and leans back into his stellar resume as an assistant coach and jumps into a comparable gig to what he has now.

I hope he stays with the Illini for the long haul or, at least, another couple of years... just saying there are very understandable reasons for him to jump if the opportunity presents itself.
 
My question is....how does a kid get an offer from a lower rung D1 school, then 10 days later (without stepping foot on campus) decide that he's going to commit to said school? I just don't see how it's possible. I understand every kid has a different mindset, but come on...if it's a Kentucky or a Duke I would 1000% understand. But Depaul? Something stinks.
What is Shane McMahon known for.
 
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My question is....how does a kid get an offer from a lower rung D1 school, then 10 days later (without stepping foot on campus) decide that he's going to commit to said school? I just don't see how it's possible. I understand every kid has a different mindset, but come on...if it's a Kentucky or a Duke I would 1000% understand. But Depaul? Something stinks.
Occam's razor....the check cleared.
 
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