Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2020)

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#51
Giorgi, Griffen and now Hawkins. This staff is doing wonders with sleepers.

If I am not mistaken, in all three cases the staff was scouting other higher ranking players, on their HS/club teams, and found these guys.
 
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#54
Is it just me, or is the only thing keeping Curbelo from being a Top 10 (maybe Top 5) recruit is his slight build? His highlights are otherworldly!!
 
       
#55
Is it just me, or is the only thing keeping Curbelo from being a Top 10 (maybe Top 5) recruit is his slight build? His highlights are otherworldly!!
Size is definitely a major consideration. Magic Johnson isn't Magic Johnson if he was 6'0" tall. Honestly, Ayo isn't a draft prospect if he wasn't 6'5".

Unfortunately, in High D 1 athletics....size does matter.
 
       
#57
Kinda hard to give Hawkins that title yet...has yet to play a college game.
Don't be fooled. The guy will be pushing both Giorgi and Kofi to the bench. In fact, with his addition, Underwood is going to be able to deploy his vaunted 4 on 5 offense that opens up more driving lanes for our guards.

Hawkins is THAT good.
 
       
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#58
Cincinnati, OH
Never underestimate the unbridled hope of incoming recruits
 
       
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Don't be fooled. The guy will be pushing both Giorgi and Kofi to the bench. In fact, with his addition, Underwood is going to be able to deploy his vaunted 4 on 5 offense that opens up more driving lanes for our guards.

Hawkins is THAT good.
The only way Kofi gets sent to the bench is if he fall asleep on it, not going to happen.
 
       
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If I am not mistaken, in all three cases the staff was scouting other higher ranking players, on their HS/club teams, and found these guys.
I am curious. Who was a higher ranked player on his team than Griffin? Remember that he was NY state Player of the Year.
 
       
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I am curious. Who was a higher ranked player on his team than Griffin? Remember that he was NY state Player of the Year.

His younger brother.
 
       
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His younger brother was well liked but, he was not considered the better player at that time.
Not sure if he was or not, but he was definitely the higher caliber recruit, even at that time.
 
       
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Elmhurst
Don't be fooled. The guy will be pushing both Giorgi and Kofi to the bench. In fact, with his addition, Underwood is going to be able to deploy his vaunted 4 on 5 offense that opens up more driving lanes for our guards.

Hawkins is THAT good.

Bold, Cotton.
 
       
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I am curious. Who was a higher ranked player on his team than Griffin? Remember that he was NY state Player of the Year.
Not sure but who were they playing when BU saw him? Know that was the case with Kouma (Watching Whitney).
 
       
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A down right hooper 🤞🏽 ILL I’m locked in 1000%...
Very nice tweet and reassuring from adam miller hes all in!
 
       
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I am curious. Who was a higher ranked player on his team than Griffin? Remember that he was NY state Player of the Year.

If I recall it was his club: Renaissance (NY).

They had
* Luther Muhammad (tOSU)
* Khalid Moore (Georgia Tech)
* Bryce Wills (Stanford)
* A guy named Kofi Cockburn (uncommitted)( o_O )
* Cormac Ryan (Stanford, transferred 2019 to ND)

But, my recollection is very hazy. If anyone's recollection is any different, then I stand corrected.
 
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