Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

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One of the positives from this season schematically has been how BU has been able to use Giorgi in the offense, getting him post touches in good positions to score. That makes me excited for Kofi (and makes me wonder if that was a selling point by the staff.

However, this offense is still predicated on wings that can take the ball to the hoop. That's where the staff's focus should be to close out '19 (and all indications are that they're doing that). I've still got hope that Tevian can become that player with some skill development and experience, but I think we still need to sign two athletic wings in this class.

Here's a breakdown of options in '19 (as I understand them):
  • Christian Brown - Teammate of Kofi at Oak Hill. Very athletic and aggressive around the basket. Would be a good rebounder as well. Needs to work on his outside game. Would be a similar type to Tevian, but probably an upgrade.
  • TSJr - Another quality athlete and competitor, but this recruitment is a head-scratcher. There was buzz that we were going to get a commitment, but that seems to have come and gone. Feels like we may have moved on.
  • Tristan Enaruna - Long and skilled, but to my knowledge is less explosive than the two guys mentioned above.
  • Kaden Archie - Transfer from TCU. A lot of smoke that he's headed our way, but he publicly announced that he isn't locked in to any one school. Explosive wing out of HS, but it obviously didn't work out at TCU. Didn't get much tick on a good team, 1-11 from three. Another kid that probably needs a year or two of skill development to be an impact B1G player.
  • JUCO - I know there has been speculation about JUCO wings, but I'm not up-to-date on that.
Another other realistic options on the board?
Yeah, there's 5* wing Addison Patterson who may be reclassifying to 2019.
https://basketballrecruiting.rivals...rson-impressed-by-two-potential-to-reclassify
 
I mean, the same could've been said with Ayo right? Our recruiting didn't exactly tick up after that. On court, the team has even been worse.

I guess it's easier to sell potential with all the youth, especially with a top 40 C and PG, but you really gotta read the stars to be sure this things gonna pan out. I think getting Kofi will ease a lot of recruits worries about having little to no inside help on next years team, but I don't think it's going to sway any very much, sans those directly connected to him like Brown.
 
I would say our recruiting has ticked up after Ayo committed. We had a top 25 class last year. and now have the best rated 5 star recruit we have had in a long time and a big man at that! And not from the state of Illinois!
 
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Probably THE best complimentary sport to basketball - re: footwork.
Teammates on my Adult League side have asked me how I got so proficient at shielding the ball from defenders on the pitch. My response is : "I grew up in Illinois and learned how to box out at an early age"
 
When it comes to recruiting, there are just a few schools that can show up at the last minute and flip a recruit, UK and Whitney for example. Usually it is relationship building and that takes time. But consider:

OA was born in the Dominican, came to the New York, poverty stricken, homeless for awhile, developed his game, went to Pitt and now is making serious money from this game. American dream.

KC was born in Jamaica, moved to New York, developed his game and has now committed to the beloved. Both OA and KC are from the islands.

OA has a reputation as a recruiter and a very likeable guy but no assistant coach in America matches up better with KC on a personal "I've been there level" than OA. We will hold on to this recruit.

I'm just waiting for the next Charlie Villanuvea to show, he's ours.
 
Teammates on my Adult League side have asked me how I got so proficient at shielding the ball from defenders on the pitch. My response is : "I grew up in Illinois and learned how to box out at an early age"
You sure you are aren't getting not getting picked up for next confused with I learned how to box out at an early age. Left out and boxed out are different afterall? Ikid Ikid...:cool:
 
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For those (anyone?) who have seen two or more of these guys play, beyond just highlight reels, please compare and contrast:

Cliff Alexander vs. Francis Okoro vs. Kofi Cockburn


To me, they all look pretty similar -- big, strong guys who dominate smaller high school players, who score mostly on dunks. Highlight reels show the occasional short jumper or hook, but who can trust highlight reels?

Cliff (listed at 6-9 but wasn't that tall) was #4 on 247, spent his high school days dunking on everyone, then had a pretty lackluster single year at Kansas, and can currently be found in the Where Are They Now? file.

Okoro (listed at 6-9) was #56 on 247 last year, and is getting about 10 minutes a game at Oregon, and averaging 2.3 pts and 2.5 rbds (while fellow freshman big, Bol Bol is getting 21 and 9!)

Kofi is listed at 6-10 (and is therefore probably closer to 6-9 -- as opposed to "near 7-0" we hear), is ranked #33 on 247, and seems to have very similar body, skills and role as Okoro and Cliff.
 
For those (anyone?) who have seen two or more of these guys play, beyond just highlight reels, please compare and contrast:

Cliff Alexander vs. Francis Okoro vs. Kofi Cockburn


To me, they all look pretty similar -- big, strong guys who dominate smaller high school players, who score mostly on dunks. Highlight reels show the occasional short jumper or hook, but who can trust highlight reels?

Cliff (listed at 6-9 but wasn't that tall) was #4 on 247, spent his high school days dunking on everyone, then had a pretty lackluster single year at Kansas, and can currently be found in the Where Are They Now? file.

Okoro (listed at 6-9) was #56 on 247 last year, and is getting about 10 minutes a game at Oregon, and averaging 2.3 pts and 2.5 rbds (while fellow freshman big, Bol Bol is getting 21 and 9!)

Kofi is listed at 6-10 (and is therefore probably closer to 6-9 -- as opposed to "near 7-0" we hear), is ranked #33 on 247, and seems to have very similar body, skills and role as Okoro and Cliff.
I can’t speak to the comparison, but we will find out more on Okoro’s abilities as he has been put into a more prominent role now that Bol Bol’s college career is all but over do to season ending surgery.

I am assuming the level of competition Kofi will play this year is much higher than the other two. Oak Hill typically plays a national schedule of the best of the best. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
 
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The Kofi recruitment and being in on Patterson, Brown and others may bring a secondary benefit for in-state recruiting. As we saw from O'Brien's article, the Chicago coaches expect the Illinois coaching staff to bow down to them, and they give Illinois very little in return. With OA and BU recruiting on a national level, and getting talent from elsewhere, it puts the end to the mantra that you have to recruit Chicago to be successful. Assuming that BU can build a winning program with these out of state recruits, this will in turn change the bargaining positions of Illinois vis-a-vis the Chicago high schools. Unless the Chicago coaches provide help and deliver enough results for the effort they expect Illinois to expend, they can expect BU and OA will spend most of their efforts elsewhere.
 
I watched the Oregon - Oregon St. game (I follow OSU) and was less than impressed with Okoro. He only played 16 minutes as the Beavers went up big early and the Ducks went with a smaller lineup to play full court pressure. He missed every shot he took (4 from the floor and 2 at the line) but he did have 5 rebs, 1 steal and 1 block. Previous game against Boise St. he played 19 minutes with no points (only shot once).
 
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