While he was here, we signed 5 McD AA's, 4 actually played. There were a couple more top 50 guys.
HAHA!! Irvin joins Illinois as assistant BB coach.
University of Illinois women's basketball head coach Nancy Fahey announced Tuesday (May 4) the hiring of assistant coach Corry Irvin to her Fighting Illini coaching staff.fightingillini.com
Sounds about right, except Norman signed with the class of 1982, before Collins, then did one year of JuCo before enrolling.Jimmy and that staff definitely were the real deal.
I count 6 McD AA's (Lowell, Nick, Marcus, Deon, Richard Keene, Jamie Brandon) landed during Jimmy's tenure, with 5 who actually played, along with Top 50 types like Larry Smith, Kiwane, Notree, Gee, Ryan Blackwell, etc.
And that doesn't include NBA first rounders like Ken Norman, Kendall Gill and Kenny Battle.
Wasn’t Jamie Brandon #1 too?Jimmy Collins was a stud......depending on ranking sites at the time, he would have signed 2 #1 players in the country over a 3 class period if Ben Wilson wasn’t killed.
1985 - Ben Wilson - Simeon
1987 - Marcus Liberty - King
Should have won one anyways......but would have rolled to NC with Ben Wilson in Champaign.
Yep, that was it! All three bands were amazing. Went on to see Soundgarden several times and Chris Cornell was just such an incredible vocalist. Saw Nirvana and Jane's Addiction there too, I believe. Many other great shows at Mabel's, Trinos, including some awesome local bands.The March 11 1990 show where they opened for Voivod .. had at most 150 people there for the first band up ... some unknowns named Soundgarden.
If you were there we saw history.
I'm just trying to point out that losing a quality guy isn't just no big deal. At some point, it makes some difference... I would love to know how many top 30 recruits Collins, Judson, and Roberts brought to Illinois. I don't remember it being a ton...
Lou/Yates: Efrem Winters, Bruce Douglas in 1982.I don't disagree that it's a big deal. And neither do BU and JW which is why they did all they could to keep him. It's just that it's not a program crusher.
Other McDonald's All Americans besides those previously listed under the Lou/Jimmy regime:
Lou/Yates = Derek Harper
Lon/Judson = Marcu Griffin, Frankie Williams, Brian Cook
Self/Roberts = Dee Brown, Charlie Villanueva (committed)
Weber/Webster = Jereme Richmond
This must be the updates?Ked Prince o WDWS earlier said Cory Bradford really wants on staff. Is he coaching? He also said Chin and OA have talked to all the recruits telling them to stay at UI... said Underwood has also talked to them.