Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November-December 2018)

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Cockburn ain't Greg Oden. Oden was bigger, more athletic, and singularly fluid for a guy of that size.

And even Oden wouldn't be as prized of a jewel today. DeAndre Ayton is Greg Oden except he can also switch defensively and stay in front of smaller players, put the ball on the floor and even shoot a little.

America has gotten up to European standards in training big kids to be complete basketball players from a young age, and the result is some seriously amazing players.
 
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If the Cal left he'd be able to get out of his LOI anyway, so don't think that's a factor.
Maybe so. But he'd have to beg and get approvals and waivers and deal with paperwork and Kentucky yanking his chain and it would take awhile, etc.

If he signs no LOI he can just show up in Lawrence (or Champaign!) on enrollment day and he's good to go.

And what does the LOI do for him? He's got a place in the class there or anywhere else regardless. He could tear an ACL or whatever, wouldn't matter. If he loses his leg in a tragic smelting accident, I dunno, you're missing out on one year of room and board? Wouldn't UK probably do right by him anyway?
 

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Maybe so. But he'd have to beg and get approvals and waivers and deal with paperwork and Kentucky yanking his chain and it would take awhile, etc.

If he signs no LOI he can just show up in Lawrence (or Champaign!) on enrollment day and he's good to go.

And what does the LOI do for him? He's got a place in the class there or anywhere else regardless. He could tear an ACL or whatever, wouldn't matter. If he loses his leg in a tragic smelting accident, I dunno, you're missing out on one year of room and board? Wouldn't UK probably do right by him anyway?
When is this high school to G League thing supposed to be starting? Maybe he's keeping his options open to be one of the 5-10 players who get 250K to play in the G League for a year?
 
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When is this high school to G League thing supposed to be starting? Maybe he's keeping his options open to be one of the 5-10 players who get 250K to play in the G League for a year?
Pretty sure that's available right now if he's interested. I doubt both that or any wavering on UK in general. He seems very excited by that opportunity and good for him.

And good for Calipari for (presumably) not pressuring the kid into sacrificing his leverage for no reason.
 
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