Recent content by Emerson Bigguns

  1. Emerson Bigguns

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Hard to say. They announced their respective returns in quick succession, but also likely received feedback from NBA evaluators in a similar timeframe. So many weird variables last summer. A lot of guys weren’t even sure where or with whom they could workout. If you are a fringe free agent...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I suppose some of us would be doing something productive but that’s just a guess.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I think most of the scouting reports this year are pretty lacking. With very little/no AAU games, its hard to compare apples to apples when ranking players. I'm bullish on both guys, but I am typically more homer than skeptic.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Does anyone still think we have a legitimate shot with Tyty? Honestly, I don't, but I don't "know" anything. I just don't see how we would be a fit from his perspective. The only thing we actually know for sure about the 2021-22 Illini is that Andre Curbelo will start at PG. If I were Tyty, I...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    So a 12-21 team had all those guys and 2 years later nearly all the same guys are a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and they weren’t coached up? If anything, you made my point. I’m talking about developing players over time. Ayo certainly didn’t show up NBA ready. He wasn’t even All -Conference...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I would like to remind the “sky is falling” folks that this staff has consistently been able to coach players up. There is much more talent on the back of this bench than there was two years ago. We may take a step back before we take another step forward, but it’s pretty far from square 1 even...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I mean... they did win a National Championship in 2019... that’s a reasonable goal.
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    Giorgi Bezhanishvili leaves Illinois to pursue pro opportunities

    Best of luck young man. You were very easy to root for. You are a great testament to hard work and a positive attitude.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I think we would all be shocked if we came out ahead on this one. The online chatter has been trending the wrong way for a couple weeks.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    He doesn't jump like a 3 star...:oops: He also already looks like he's been working with Fletch for 6 months.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I think that is precisely the reason he is willing to spend a couple winters in Illinois. It sounds as though he hasn't really developed a go to move in the low post, and fouls at an unsustainable rate. The kid has a NBA frame. If he learns to play defense with his feet and not his hands he...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I think we could certainly use a guy of his skills. He is a really good athlete and is capable of defending guys who are bigger than him. He isn't a great shooter, but converts at a high rate around the basket. He's got several heavy hitters calling including Kansas, Arkansas, Texas A&M. He...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    No one has to sit if they transfer this year. That is why the Portal is insane.
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    Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70

    I think a number of folks are under estimating the Zags on here. While they didn’t have the most difficult path to this game, they earned the easiest path by winning every game. They also didn’t just win, they whipped everyone except UCLA. A game that they survived despite missing a lot of open...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of April 1st)

    Easier said than done if that person is your parent, who very literally supported you every day of your life until now. Many of these kids parents invest countless hours and dollars in the process of getting their kids to this point. Not sure someone telling their Mom to STHU is a very high...