Recent content by Calvin

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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Color me skeptical. If he wasn't happy at Illinois and has people in his ear, it stands to reason that he thinks he wasn't utilized properly, or the staff didn't give him the opportunities he deserved, rather than looking inward on his need to improve. There will be a ton of teams telling him...
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    Looking ahead to 2021-2022

    He's not on anyone's draft list. If none of the experts have you on the list, it ain't happening.
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    Looking ahead to 2021-2022

    If you're asking me, no, I don't think so. I like his game too, but my sense of his game is about where you suggest --needs time to develop physically before he's a plus player as a starter. Hope he surprises me, but my guess is that he's a legit rotational player next year that makes good...
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    Looking ahead to 2021-2022

    That seems pessimistic. I agree there are too many question marks now to think we'll be anywhere near as good as this year, though. Curbelo is an all-conference freshman. Payne is a proven productive big man There are a pair of top-100 freshman coming in. Coleman Hawkins played efficiently in...
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    Giorgi Bezhanishvili leaves Illinois to pursue pro opportunities

    All the best to him.
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    Looking ahead to 2021-2022

    Omar's brutal obliteration of John Fulkerson was really hard to watch, and will remain in my memory. Can't recall a dirtier play off the top of my head. I hope the staff is comfortable with Omar, and works on how he handles his aggression. Everyone has mental lapses or bad days, but some are...
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    Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70

    You and I weren't watching the same game then. Gonzaga looked like a generational offense, great motion and spacing, weapons everywhere, only beaten by a combination of Baylor being both elite on defense, relentless for 40 minutes, and just barely able to stay out of serious foul trouble. Oh...
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    Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70

    Good analysis, and now we know that it does. I followed Baylor a bit this year, mostly because I was so impressed with Butler. Great leader and someone I enjoyed watching play.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    If you can't stand the heat... Seriously, competing for talent has been brutal now for decades, and the countless scandals show how that market works, and who holds the power. What little policing there is, seems to be for show or merely to protect the business side of the college's interests...
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    Brad Underwood season wrap press conference

    My 2 cents. Like everyone, I'm disappointed with the ending, but also happy with how this team improved over the season, had the most wins in the league, and won the conference tournament. They were fun to watch by the time we got to league play, and finished as one of the most dangerous teams...
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    Adam Miller enters transfer portal

    It doesn't have to be a penalty. You could offer a carrot instead of using a stick. In baseball, if you want a player for the long term, you give him a long term contract. If schools get creative and didn't have the archaic rules of the NCAA, they could easily find ways to keep players, or at...
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    Adam Miller enters transfer portal

    That's my hunch as well. He didn't have the kind of 1 and done type of year I'm sure he wanted. Didn't have big flashes of an NBA game. He's only a freshman, but needs to work on driving, finishing, and getting off his shot against good defenses in the BIGTEN. Objectively good productivity, but...
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Drexel

    Feeding the post well, Giorgi settled in to make it count.
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    Coaching Carousel

    BIG is tough enough without Stevens.
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Drexel

    Looking good defensively