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#553      
Being a AC in college basketball is like being a gypsy, you move on from teams to learn and network at the next stop. With success brings new opportunities. BU has an opportunity to bring in fresh blood to his program, and build on the momentum that is growing. OA and CC did not hire BU, Brad is the man at Illinois and will bring in good assistants, JW will see to that as well. We are in good hands . Brad Underwood and Josh Whitman did not come to Illinois to lose, that I am certain of
 
#555      
Vancouver
The Chicago network is not as important as it used to be, and will become less important. It's all about prep schools now. High school players with any potential at all are transferring to places like Oak Hill Academy, LuHi and Prolific Prep, private schools that specialize in giving them the best chance of getting recruited to the best/most colleges. Look at our own roster, more prep school grads than ever.
Serious questions - what are these prep schools? Are they just private schools with fancy basketball programs? Who pays the tuition? Are the same as those "prep schools" for students after they graduate high school but before university? Asking for a friend.
 
#556      
Third time's the charm (in coaching)?
Can't find much at all on him in regards to his current career. He has seemed to vanish & those around him don't share much.

Now it's going to bug me until I find out where he is & if he's ok.
 
#557      
I’m referring to the former (and possibly future) Illini men’s basketball assistant coach.
Is he currently coaching anywhere? I tried finding something about what he's currently doing (albeit for just a couple minutes) and couldn't find any info after his medical leave of absence from his brief stint as HC at Butler.
 
#561      
Wilmette, IL
Believe me, I'm down that we lost our two best asst. coaches, but by some of the comments on here...you'd think that Underwood really doesn't do anything and that the program is run by others while he just sits around all day.
Like MOST bosses, amirite!?
 
#562      
If Orlando and Chin leave...they continue on as footnotes to calimari's legacy....until something new develops...OA legacy good recruiter for BU and calamari, bad head coach. Chin... did good for Underwood...now say, UK continues to downtrend...and Illinois stays legit...Orlando and Chin will be at DePaul in a few seasons...lol...I...L...L...
This is funny, do you really think Kentucky will continue a downward trend?.(It's Kentucky)..they'll be a top 5 team next year..wait till the roster is finished
 
#564      
The Chicago network is not as important as it used to be, and will become less important. It's all about prep schools now. High school players with any potential at all are transferring to places like Oak Hill Academy, LuHi and Prolific Prep, private schools that specialize in giving them the best chance of getting recruited to the best/most colleges. Look at our own roster, more prep school grads than ever.
True to some extent, but rarely do kids spend all four years at prep school. Many relationships get started when kids are 13/14/15 and still at home. Also, with the exceptions of Khalil Whitney and Amari Bailey, it seems to me that most Top 50ish level Chicago kids stay home rather than going to prep school -- Parker, Okafor, Alexander, Brunson, Ayo, Steward, Christie, Hopkins, AJ Casey, JJ Taylor, yadda-yadda . . .
 
#571      
Serious questions - what are these prep schools? Are they just private schools with fancy basketball programs? Who pays the tuition? Are the same as those "prep schools" for students after they graduate high school but before university? Asking for a friend.
It depends. Some are long-standing private schools that have developed national-profile basketball programs over the years. Some are boarding schools, some not; some religious-affiliated, some not. Generally, they have very good academics, and the athletes are expected to perform at levels similar to all other students. Monteverde, Brewster and Sierra Canyon come to mind. These schools have good alumni/donor networks, with a lot of kids getting scholarships (not just athletes), particularly those from less-advantaged backgrounds with particular talents.

Others are pure basketball factories that have limited facilities (access to a gym and weight room), and only a couple dozen student-athletes enrolled. The organization typically send kids to a local parochial school or online school a few hours a day for what seems like a minimum-requirements education. Kids typically don't pay much (or anything) for the experience, which is "sponsored" by shoe companies and "donations." Findlay Prep (closed), Hillcrest Prep, Huntington Prep and Prolific Prep come to mind. If you are getting the sense that I think these outfits are all kind of sketchy, you're right.

IMG is a unique animal unto itself, built from the ground up as an athlete-focused school, that has relatively decent academics coupled with amazing facilities. Some kids pay, but the most promising get scholarships. Again, you can guess where the money comes from.

And yes, quite a few of these schools will accept kids for a "post-graduate" year between H.S. and college. Kids who are "late bloomers," rehabbing from serious injury, or who need a year to repair an academic issue, are the ones who typically go this route. It worked for a friend's kid who graduated from a large North Suburban school, did a year at a New England Prep, and now is on the squad at Harvard.
 
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#574      
Washington State
This is funny, do you really think Kentucky will continue a downward trend?.(It's Kentucky)..they'll be a top 5 team next year..wait till the roster is finished
COVID year sucked for all, but especially one and done programs who rely on the summer to gel a "new" team together every year. I'm sure Kentucky can finance their way back to prominence.