Forums > Thread: Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January-March 2017)

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Old Jan 2, 2017, 09:50 PM   #63
Originally Posted by djsmokyc View Post
I am asking this question from a place of major ignorance, so please let me know what I am missing. Trying to learn, not criticize. I haven't seen either player actually play.

Why was Groce (and the board, generally) ok with pulling out of the Paul Scruggs recruitment after landing Trent Frazier, yet we are going back after Mark Smith, who appears to be a similar player (big, athletic PG)?

Are they actually very different players?

Is it a "protecting the home state" type thing?

Has the recruiting scene changed enough since then (Goodwin going to SLU, Wilkes going to UCLA, other PF/C recruits going elsewhere) to make a major difference?
My best guess is the drama involved in the Paul Scruggs recruitment.

Mark Smith is a stud.. From Edwardsville.. Likes the state school...

Last edited by Dan; Jan 2, 2017 at 10:34 PM.
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