- Chevy Chase, Maryland
Great comment. I feel exactly the same. I became an Illini fan in the early '80s and was on campus from '84-'90. I want all the younger fans who missed out on those many years of consistent excellence to enjoy it again. ASAP.I'm going old school for a pertinent comparison, retro to the last time we had a comparable lull in the program similar to this recent 10-year stretch.......
This current group (the entire 2019-20 roster) takes me back to the guys who formed the building blocks in helping us re-establish the program in the 1980's. Audi Matthews, Levi Cobb, Steve Lanter, Rob Judson, Neil Bresnahan, Eddie Johnson, Mark Smith and Derek Holcomb (to name just a select few). The elite program that Lou established in the 1980's followed soon after their arrival, but these guys chose Illinois when other options may have been the more popular choice.
Ayo, Kofi, DeMonte, Andres, Alan and the gang are the guys who did it. Illinois is a basketball school and we need basketball to be consistently GREAT year-in and year-out. Illinois needs again be a Top 10 Program of All-time.
Thanks to Brad and the 2019-20 Illini for duplicating that feat (from the late 1970's) and turning the needle upward once again in terms of promise and potential. The word Elite gets overused (i.e. Michigan State and Izzo's 20-year run is truly elite). That's where we need to get. The process has begun.