Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2018)

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Some highlights of Griffin. Number 0. I think we got a steal. He may not be a high flyer but he gets to the rim. At least a few times in these highlights against a 7'0 recruit from UCLA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=JmY41WKU95w
After watching those highlights I have a few concerns to help temper expectations for Griffin:

Before you read this list know that I'm not trying to bash the kid and I can see that he does have some good offensive skills

1. Few defensive highlights or rebound highlights (that one goaltend was sweet though)
2. Crunch time was dominated by #4 for his team, not him
3. Seems lazy in transition
4. Arguing w/ref about no call on and-1 circus 3ptr... cmon
5. Maybe most concerning for me was his lack of excitement/camaraderie with his teammates... one time a guy was on the ground and he was there, but didn't help pick him up... another time the rest of the players are all jumping on each other after a good play and he's not involved

Hopefully this stuff doesn't matter, or can be improved, but I wouldn't expect much more than a few 3 pointers from him next year.
 
After watching those highlights I have a few concerns to help temper expectations for Griffin:

Before you read this list know that I'm not trying to bash the kid and I can see that he does have some good offensive skills

1. Few defensive highlights or rebound highlights (that one goaltend was sweet though)
2. Crunch time was dominated by #4 for his team, not him
3. Seems lazy in transition
4. Arguing w/ref about no call on and-1 circus 3ptr... cmon
5. Maybe most concerning for me was his lack of excitement/camaraderie with his teammates... one time a guy was on the ground and he was there, but didn't help pick him up... another time the rest of the players are all jumping on each other after a good play and he's not involved

Hopefully this stuff doesn't matter, or can be improved, but I wouldn't expect much more than a few 3 pointers from him next year.
Legit concerns. Hard to see defensive highlights in a package like that. Entire game looked like a track meet.

Hopefully Underwood and Antigua (or whomever/whoever the !!!'t Coach in charge of this recruitment) saw enough in person to see whether he can play Underwood Ball.

His dad being a former NBA player and current assistant coach should hopefully have stressed the hustle aspect of getting to the next level.
 
After watching those highlights I have a few concerns to help temper expectations for Griffin:

Before you read this list know that I'm not trying to bash the kid and I can see that he does have some good offensive skills

1. Few defensive highlights or rebound highlights (that one goaltend was sweet though)
2. Crunch time was dominated by #4 for his team, not him
3. Seems lazy in transition
4. Arguing w/ref about no call on and-1 circus 3ptr... cmon
5. Maybe most concerning for me was his lack of excitement/camaraderie with his teammates... one time a guy was on the ground and he was there, but didn't help pick him up... another time the rest of the players are all jumping on each other after a good play and he's not involved

Hopefully this stuff doesn't matter, or can be improved, but I wouldn't expect much more than a few 3 pointers from him next year.
Neither would I. But with a roster of 13 it is always great to have a player like this who will improve and contribute as an upperclassman.
 
I thought the 7 second offense is really a myth

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Pretty sure he just says "I want to score in the first 7 seconds....IF POSSIBLE... then run offense until we get a good shot." That is just to emphasize transition and catching defense off guard.
 
Any truth to the rumor that Griffin's younger sister, Aubrey, is considering UIUC?? She's currently a Junior and supposedly a suoerstar. Anybody??
 
Pretty sure he just says "I want to score in the first 7 seconds....IF POSSIBLE... then run offense until we get a good shot." That is just to emphasize transition and catching defense off guard.
It was highlighted aignificantly during preseason an but rarely discussed during season before/after games. Dont think it really is a focus area....but sounds cool during offseason media talk.


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What are the odds that E.J. Liddell wins Mr. Basketball as a junior? He was awarded the Gatorade POY for Illinois last night. The only person to win Illinois Mr. Basketball as a junior: Jabari Parker.
 
After watching those highlights I have a few concerns to help temper expectations for Griffin.
I would agree with tempered expectations. He's got good length, hits the 3, and seems to play at a high pace. However, he looks like he has a lot of room for improvement.

I like the pickup because he looks like a good fit overall. I think he's got a ways to go before he's BIG caliber starter. Good chance to see what Underwood can do as a coach.
 
here's to us and those like us
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OH WOW Kane just committed we have our rim protector!!!!!:chief::congrats:
 
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