Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2020)

Status
Not open for further replies.
UK
All crystal balls to Kentucky. Are we really in it?
UK was pushing for a quick answer after he decommitted. The longer this plays out the better our chances. UK may make a play for other fish.
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: QCillini48
Mike Thorne count?


Trying to recall if we've ever won a recruiting battle with Kentucky. (Seldom are we competing for the same kids, I realize. I can only think of players we lost.)
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: GrayGhost77 and FrankDavis
All crystal balls to Kentucky. Are we really in it?

Yes.

Believe I addressed this in a post a while back but Cal expected a swift commitment after he de-committed from Louisville. It didn't happen.

Hopkins said, "Let me come visit campus." He came to campus and still didn't give the verbal. Cal was not happy about that, to say the least.

We've got a better shot than people think, and from what I have been told the longer this drags out, our odds only keep increasing.
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: KevinC, CogDog, krushdad and 4 others
BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
I love the way our coaching staff is consistently stacking recruiting classes and keeping the talent flowing in. It feels so good to have the program on a big upswing.
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: Illini Pride, Indy Illini Fan, FrankDavis and 5 others
Trying to recall if we've ever won a recruiting battle with Kentucky. (Seldom are we competing for the same kids, I realize. I can only think of players we lost.)
My memory is a little foggy but as I recall, Henson and Eddie Sutton were in a fierce recruiting battle for Olaf Blab. Blab teamed with Douglas and Winters, taking us all the way to the Sweet Sixteen. :)
 
       
If We get Hopkins it will be interesting to see the changes in our systems assuming Kofi leaves. We will have a lot of size with Giorgi, Lieb, Cole, BBV, Jermaine, (Maybe MAC), and Hopkins. Much different from Kofi on both offense and defense but suspect it is favored size with BU as they include shooters. Backcourt with Hutch, Grandison and Goode also has some size and shooting ability. Can’t remember an Illini team with this kind of size and shooters (at least I think they can shoot). Current NBA style players with a couple of PG’s in Curbelo and Adam. Tough to defend and long on defense.
 
Last edited:
       
  • Like
Reactions: coachingillini, Goode-for-3, chiefini and 5 others
If We get Hopkins it will be interesting to see the changes in our systems assuming Kofi leaves.

Kofi's unique, that's for sure. I could sing his praises for days. What a beast to come in as a 300+ pudgy freshman and make such an amazing transformation. His improvements in mobility, strength, etc., were studly astounding. His timing on opponents drives, and reads on defense were really solid --great instincts. Gifted rebounder. And although he didn't make a lot of plays either as cutter or passing, I think he was pretty solid handling the ball when set up near the FT line. I think he'll surprise us a little this year with passing --that's one thing I think he's got an opportunity to improve. While I give him an A+ overall, I think he forced his post play to his detriment at times, and it showed when we faced top-tier opposing bigs.

Elite bigs are hard to come by, and Kofi is BIG. Not likely to see another player like him anytime soon, if ever.
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: alaaji, QCillini48, chiefini and 5 others
If We get Hopkins it will be interesting to see the changes in our systems assuming Kofi leaves. We will have a lot of size with Giorgi, Lieb, Cole, BBV, Jermaine, (Maybe MAC), and Hopkins. Much different from Kofi on both offense and defense but suspect it is favored size with BU as they include shooters. Backcourt with Hutch, Grandison and Goode also has some size and shooting ability. Can’t remember an Illini team with this kind of size and shooters (at least I think they can shoot). Current NBA style players with a couple of PG’s in Curbelo and Adam. Tough to defend and long on defense.
Hey, don’t forget Nesbitt is on this team and that he can shoot it pretty well too. =]
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: QCillini48 and Goode-for-3
Hey, don’t forget Nesbitt is on this team and that he can shoot it pretty well too. =]
So apparently Snow and Piper just gave Chrystal Ball picks on Nesbitt and Pipers was a flip? Anyone with info to share for the needy? 😁
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: Goode-for-3
So apparently Snow and Piper just gave Chrystal Ball picks on Nesbitt and Pipers was a flip? Anyone with info to share for the needy? 😁

https://247sports.com/PlayerInstitu...tian-Academy-242611/CurrentExpertPredictions/

Nesbitt.JPG
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: antwix
So apparently Snow and Piper just gave Chrystal Ball picks on Nesbitt and Pipers was a flip? Anyone with info to share for the needy? 😁
Astro.jpg
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: antwix
Working From Home
OH stop it TC. lol. I have not saw Nesbitt play live, but I have seen plenty of video. I have saw Weston live a lot. Weston is a junkyard dog, Nesbitt is a dog period. That's why Nesbitt is my favorite recruit.


So apparently Snow and Piper just gave Chrystal Ball picks on Nesbitt and Pipers was a flip? Anyone with info to share for the needy? 😁 View attachment 6338

Nesbitt is a dog period.
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: Illwinsagain and robjilla
I don't want him in the B10 if he's not wearing O&B.
I want the B1G to always be the best conference in the country. It puzzles me that so many on this site say that the athletes shouldn't be concerned with competition but, many on this board don't want the best football or basketball players going to opposing B1G schools.
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: FeelYourPaign, Johnny Lawrence, Moonlight Graham and 1 other person
If anyone has it, please share the link of Tate saying Nesbitt is a lock. I have yet to find it
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: QCillini48
My memory is a little foggy but as I recall, Henson and Eddie Sutton were in a fierce recruiting battle for Olaf Blab. Blab teamed with Douglas and Winters, taking us all the way to the Sweet Sixteen. :)
I will concede the fact that Olaf played at Illinois for 2 years after his older (more talented) brother bolted for Indiana. And I guess it's possible that Eddie Sutton wanted Olaf.

On the flip side, however, it's too bad KY didn't win that battle. OR MAYBE THEY ACTUALLY DID! I believe Olaf averaged just under 1 point per game in two years with the Illini and didn't play much of a role in our long string of NCAA tourney appearances in the 1980's.

Going back even a little further, Jay Shidler and Chuck Verderber both shunned Illinois for the Wildcats.
 
       
  • Like
Reactions: illini80
Status
Not open for further replies.