Transfers Thread

#76
With Finke's final 5 out, did we ever get the story on the reason behind his transfer? To me, he was the one guy whose departure was puzzling. All of the others seemed to have a somewhat logical story behind it. Lucas was looking at limited playing time next year. Mark Smith just needed a change of scenery apparently. Leron has his degree and is undersized to ever have a shot at the NBA, so why not start his overseas pro career.

But with our desperate need for bigs, why wasn't there more motivation on both sides for Finke to stick around. Him being recruited now by programs who are currently in similar or better positions than ours only seems to confirm that. Anyone know?
"Finke said several factors played into whittling his choices to a final five. He wants to get out of the Midwest — experience something new his final year of college — and find a team that can both compete for a conference title and make the NCAA tournament and continue to develop his game.

"I want to go to a place with a system I feel like I could succeed — a place that could develop me and help me get to the next level," Finke said. "I really tried to study the teams and the players that are coming back and how I kind of fit with them. Basically all five schools said I'm the piece that could help them."

http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/illini-sports/mens-basketball/2018-04-10/reason-optimism.html
 
#77
CU Expat
Chicago
"Finke said several factors played into whittling his choices to a final five. He wants to get out of the Midwest — experience something new his final year of college — and find a team that can both compete for a conference title and make the NCAA tournament and continue to develop his game.

"I want to go to a place with a system I feel like I could succeed — a place that could develop me and help me get to the next level," Finke said. "I really tried to study the teams and the players that are coming back and how I kind of fit with them. Basically all five schools said I'm the piece that could help them."

http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/illini-sports/mens-basketball/2018-04-10/reason-optimism.html
I buy that explanation, but I don't think pulling out of Tim's recruitment did us any favors with the Finke's.
 
#78
I’ve heard it rumored that Finkes underperformance was because he was being misused by Groce. Then he was supposed to break out in BU’s system but actually regressed. Then it was floated that he was playing with a nagging injury all season. Plus we didn’t recruit Tim after he was exposed last summer. Probably best for everyone to move on.
 
#79
He's going to Grand Canyon. It's a brother thing!
I'll be blunt and say that would be completely stupid of him to go to Grand Canyon and play for a program has CBI potential at best. If he's looking for more exposure that could help him out professionally, he has plenty of better options. That's not even considering the huge difference in academics. I hope he's just leaving them in to be nice.
 
#80
I'll be blunt and say that would be completely stupid of him to go to Grand Canyon and play for a program has CBI potential at best. If he's looking for more exposure that could help him out professionally, he has plenty of better options. That's not even considering the huge difference in academics. I hope he's just leaving them in to be nice.
Grand Canyon finished 3rd in their conference and within 1 game of the tournament, losing in their conference final to New Mexico State.
 
#81
GCU is one of the fastest rising CBB programs. They have a great coach and great facilities. If they lose the for profitness, I think they will gain even more respect.

Not saying they'll be world beaters, but they absolutely have the chance to make the tournament year in and year out.
 
#83
The STANFORD or Great Canyon State...huh? Think long term career Mike.....
So he wants to " get to next level"...presuming that's in basketball. Having Majerle and Colangelo connection just may be a better path for playing or coaching at the next level. Just saying...
 
#84
"Finke said several factors played into whittling his choices to a final five. He wants to get out of the Midwest — experience something new his final year of college — and find a team that can both compete for a conference title and make the NCAA tournament and continue to develop his game.

"I want to go to a place with a system I feel like I could succeed — a place that could develop me and help me get to the next level," Finke said. "I really tried to study the teams and the players that are coming back and how I kind of fit with them. Basically all five schools said I'm the piece that could help them."

http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/illini-sports/mens-basketball/2018-04-10/reason-optimism.html
Thanks, BlindLoyalty. I guess the News-Gazette would have been a good place to look. Can't blame him for wanting to get out after spending his whole life in Champaign and also looking for a better basketball fit.
 
#85
Thanks, BlindLoyalty. I guess the News-Gazette would have been a good place to look. Can't blame him for wanting to get out after spending his whole life in Champaign and also looking for a better basketball fit.
"See that over there Mike: that's called a hill."
 
#88
So incredibly strange. So I guess they have up to two more scholarships to give this spring and then one more next year?


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#90
Illinois grad transfer Michael Finke and Chattanooga grad transfer Nat Dixon will both visit Penn State this weekend, per a source.
Are we the only ones that don't restrict transfers? Maybe things are different in football (why??), but I thought its normal to restrict transfers to conference opponents and rivals? Finke to Penn St. may not seem that big of a deal, but I'm sure we will feel otherwise when we are battling Penn St. for B1G tourney (and maybe, albeit unlikely, NCCA tourney) placement, and during that opening round matchup.


I can understand the idea of bad optics, but also, if a kid doesn't want to come to Illinois because we may not allow him to transfer to Mizzou in a few years, then Jesus why do we want that kid??
 
#91
Are we the only ones that don't restrict transfers? Maybe things are different in football (why??), but I thought its normal to restrict transfers to conference opponents and rivals? Finke to Penn St. may not seem that big of a deal, but I'm sure we will feel otherwise when we are battling Penn St. for B1G tourney (and maybe, albeit unlikely, NCCA tourney) placement, and during that opening round matchup.





I can understand the idea of bad optics, but also, if a kid doesn't want to come to Illinois because we may not allow him to transfer to Mizzou in a few years, then Jesus why do we want that kid??


Kids should be allowed to go wherever they want to go.



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#92
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Kids should be allowed to go wherever they want to go.



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Especially when he's already graduated.

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#93
you feel me, dog?
Elmhurst
Are we the only ones that don't restrict transfers? Maybe things are different in football (why??), but I thought its normal to restrict transfers to conference opponents and rivals? Finke to Penn St. may not seem that big of a deal, but I'm sure we will feel otherwise when we are battling Penn St. for B1G tourney (and maybe, albeit unlikely, NCCA tourney) placement, and during that opening round matchup.


I can understand the idea of bad optics, but also, if a kid doesn't want to come to Illinois because we may not allow him to transfer to Mizzou in a few years, then Jesus why do we want that kid??
Putting restrictions on guys who have left the program is not only bad form, it will come back to haunt us. We don't want to be that guy.
 
#95
It is very admirable that we are letting guys transfer unrestricted, but these are the first such examples nationally that I can recall seeing.
I am confused. What we are doing, that is, Illinois is letting Finke, TJL and whoever else transfer without restrictions is the first such examples nationally? Am I understanding that correctly? And I am asking sincerely. If the answer is yes, can you elaborate? I am interested. I thought everyone except Pitt allowed unrestricted transfers (mostly).
 
#96
Former Krush Cow
South Bend, IN
I think in conference restrictions are incredibly common and make sense. Finke knows the ins and outs of our offense and our defense. Know our playbook and it's weaknesses. You think Penn State won't milk him for that? Only like 5 years ago it was an official Big 10 rule the you couldn't do that, probably to protect schools without making them seem like the bad guys. It's probably different overall cause Finke graduated though.

When Dakich transferred to Ohio State from Michigan, it made tons of headlines. Granted his dad is famous, but he was a walk on who was just given a scholarship, and redshirted his last year like LaTulip did, and averaged only like 3 minutes a game. If that made tons of headlines, a starting PF averaging 10PPG and 5 RPG transferring to an in conference rival definitely will.
 
#97
I am confused. What we are doing, that is, Illinois is letting Finke, TJL and whoever else transfer without restrictions is the first such examples nationally? Am I understanding that correctly? And I am asking sincerely. If the answer is yes, can you elaborate? I am interested. I thought everyone except Pitt allowed unrestricted transfers (mostly).
I could be wrong, I don't follow this stuff super closely. But transfers have usually been restricted to out-of-conference teams and often Mizzou-type situations as well.
 
#99
I could be wrong, I don't follow this stuff super closely. But transfers have usually been restricted to out-of-conference teams and often Mizzou-type situations as well.
What about Bielfeldt? He went to Indiana from Michigan as a grad transfer, didn't he?

I think it's been done before.

I have no problem with Finke to PSU. I think he'd be better off at Vandy or Stanford, though.
 
Is the lack of restrictions telling why the player is leaving? Esp. for Finke and TJL.

We think it would be better if you play elsewhere next year. And because of that, you are free to go where you want.

Different if you really want a guy to stick around.