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Old Mar 11, 2018, 03:11 PM   #1201
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Who are these B or C guys of which you speak? Offering and putting in the time to get one of those B or C types are 2 entirely different things.

It seem Groce devoted all his time to the Cliff Alexanders and then hit the grad transfer route.

If we had taken a Mav Morgan project 3 years ago, we would a lot happier right now.
Mav was not a project. IIRC he was player of the year in Ohio for his level.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 03:21 PM   #1202
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Mav was not a project. IIRC he was player of the year in Ohio for his level.
He was most certainly a project if you saw him play his first two years. Didn't blossom till halfway through junior year. Also he was ranked in the mid 100s coming in. Turned out to be a solid player, but it took time.

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Old Mar 11, 2018, 03:25 PM   #1203
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Mav was not a project. IIRC he was player of the year in Ohio for his level.
He was a project no matter what title eas bestowed on him in high school. Nick Smith was Florida Gatordade POY and Mark Smith and both projects.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 03:27 PM   #1204
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Mav was not a project. IIRC he was player of the year in Ohio for his level.
You may have your own definition, but by most accounts he was a project and a worthwhile one. 3 star ranking, roughly top 150. 2/3 of the way thru his junior season before he was much of a contributor.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 03:42 PM   #1205
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I'm definitely not an Insider but I'm hearing rumors of a second 7-footer on the way to UIUC. Not even sure we were recruiting a second 7-footer so this may be hogwash. Anybody know anything?
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 04:17 PM   #1206
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I'm definitely not an Insider but I'm hearing rumors of a second 7-footer on the way to UIUC. Not even sure we were recruiting a second 7-footer so this may be hogwash. Anybody know anything?
Weren't one or both of those NY bigs we offered close to 7 feet?
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 04:20 PM   #1207
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if we had a b or c PG any of JGs years 2-4, he'd (JG)still be here. JTL was good pickup, but too late.
Groce would still be here if Nunn hadn't messed up but that's in the past. I am excited about our new recruits and how they should fill some of our needs. Now I hope Black and Finke stay and we add Okoro in 2019.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 04:25 PM   #1208
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I'm definitely not an Insider but I'm hearing rumors of a second 7-footer on the way to UIUC. Not even sure we were recruiting a second 7-footer so this may be hogwash. Anybody know anything?
Samba’s friend?
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 04:35 PM   #1209
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Obviously we're all focused on Jones, but a Alan Griffin is looking like a really solid prospect. A couple athletic plays from a kid that's supposed to be a shooter:

https://twitter.com/overtime/status/972962802238410753
https://twitter.com/lohudinsider/sta...19491994185729
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 04:47 PM   #1210
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Obviously we're all focused on Jones, but a Alan Griffin is looking like a really solid prospect. A couple athletic plays from a kid that's supposed to be a shooter:

https://twitter.com/overtime/status/972962802238410753
https://twitter.com/lohudinsider/sta...19491994185729
Didn’t miss that dunk. 😃
Clean block ref. 😡
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 05:03 PM   #1211
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Obviously we're all focused on Jones, but a Alan Griffin is looking like a really solid prospect. A couple athletic plays from a kid that's supposed to be a shooter:

https://twitter.com/overtime/status/972962802238410753
https://twitter.com/lohudinsider/sta...19491994185729
Okay. He looked pretty good on the dunk. I was worried about his athleticism, but that was pretty fluid.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 05:56 PM   #1212
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He was a project no matter what title eas bestowed on him in high school. Nick Smith was Florida Gatordade POY and Mark Smith and both projects.
Bingo on all accounts
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:13 PM   #1213
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Okay. He looked pretty good on the dunk. I was worried about his athleticism, but that was pretty fluid.
He's almost awkwardly athletic. If you watch longer highlights off him, he isn't a quick jumper but can get up when he gathers himself. Fletch will be key developing more explosiveness.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:20 PM   #1214
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He's almost awkwardly athletic. If you watch longer highlights off him, he isn't a quick jumper but can get up when he gathers himself. Fletch will be key developing more explosiveness.
Maybe calling him "sneaky athletic" would fit. The more I see of him, the more I am convinced the staff found a real hidden gem.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:23 PM   #1215
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I'm definitely not an Insider but I'm hearing rumors of a second 7-footer on the way to UIUC. Not even sure we were recruiting a second 7-footer so this may be hogwash. Anybody know anything?
Valdir Manuel would be my guess. We are in his top 4 with Wake, Syracuse, and Seton Hall. Figured we’d pass on him with Kane coming on board tho..
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:26 PM   #1216
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Can a student-athlete on a sports scholarship be "reassigned" to some other type of a scholarship? If so, what other types?
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:32 PM   #1217
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Valdir Manuel would be my guess. We are in his top 4 with Wake, Syracuse, and Seton Hall. Figured we’d pass on him with Kane coming on board tho..
I'd be okay with that. It's been a while since we have had more than one legit post defender at a time.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:40 PM   #1218
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I'd be okay with that. It's been a while since we have had more than one legit post defender at a time.
Ebo can certainly be a legit post defender. It's almost frustrating at times that we think freshmen aren't going to get bigger, stronger, gain weight, and skill. Ebo hasn't played the game long and certainly can and will improve.as will all our players. Ebo is a solid athlete for a young man his size. This was just a huge jump in competeion especially given that he is relatively new to basketball compared to others he is facing.

Egwu took time and improved I think Ebo can too.

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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:48 PM   #1219
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Ebo, Samba and Manuel would be a nice group of young tall guys to protect the rim for the next few years. At this point I'd prefer to have an athletic PF in Trice over another thin center, but if Black leaves I'd be thrilled to be able to get both.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 06:49 PM   #1220
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Can a student-athlete on a sports scholarship be "reassigned" to some other type of a scholarship? If so, what other types?
Nope
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 07:11 PM   #1221
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Maybe calling him "sneaky athletic" would fit. The more I see of him, the more I am convinced the staff found a real hidden gem.
Biggest thing to me, in the short term, is that Griffin seems to be a winner. We need guys that know how to win and have that inherent drive to win. Griffin's most immediate impact just might be helping to turn the culture of this team.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 07:17 PM   #1222
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I'm definitely not an Insider but I'm hearing rumors of a second 7-footer on the way to UIUC. Not even sure we were recruiting a second 7-footer so this may be hogwash. Anybody know anything?
Where are you hearing this from? I asked about us also pursuing Assan Dioge. Samba Kane's former teammate.
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 07:25 PM   #1223
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Where are you hearing this from? I asked about us also pursuing Assan Dioge. Samba Kane's former teammate.
Assane Diouf
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Old Mar 11, 2018, 07:28 PM   #1224
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Assane Diouf
Rutgers, GA Tech and UMass offers. some boards show him as a 19 recruit...247 shows 18.

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Old Mar 11, 2018, 07:33 PM   #1225
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Supposedly they are still after Giorgi Bezhanishvili
http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/i...ncing-ice.html
Looks very skilled in some tapes. Never know if they can play big ten defense.
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