Fighting Illini Basketball Scholarship Grid 2020-2021

#101      
Planet Earth, when not battling Ming the Merciless
Added two offers:

2021 SG Brandin Podziemski out of Delafield, WI
and
2022 PF Jai Smith out of Syracuse, NY.

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#102      
Planet Earth, when not battling Ming the Merciless
I've added 2022 4 star SF Gradey Dick to the grid. He's from Kansas. I can't find any confirmation that we offered him, but we've landed in his top eight, so I'm putting him on the grid.

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#103      
Planet Earth, when not battling Ming the Merciless
Added two more offers:

2021 PG Jaylen Blakes, and
2023 SF Jalen Hooks.

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#107      
Planet Earth, when not battling Ming the Merciless
2021 SF RJ Melendez has verbally committed to the Fighting Illini. Welcome to the family, RJ!

In other news, I have adjusted the grid to give all current team members an extra year of eligibility. We'll sort that out as decisions are made.

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#109      
Planet Earth, when not battling Ming the Merciless
So, if Da'Monte and Trent return next year, it looks like we'll be allowed to have 15 scholarship players. If they don't return, we're limited to the usual 13. Correct?
 
#112      
So that means Trent could not transfer somewhere else next year even if he wanted to (not that he would).
I believe he could, but he would take up one of the regular 13 scholarship at his new school for the season. Essentially, he'd be treated like a regular grad transfer. It's my understanding that only returning seniors can bump a school above 13 scholarships (as noted, a max of 15 in our case).
 
#114      
I believe he could, but he would take up one of the regular 13 scholarship at his new school for the season. Essentially, he'd be treated like a regular grad transfer. It's my understanding that only returning seniors can bump a school above 13 scholarships (as noted, a max of 15 in our case).
As much as the NCAA wants to pretend that these players are amateurs, the transfer period has the feel of a free agency period. Players can look around and find programs they'd rather play for, and make their case to the coach for a scholarship. Now that players can make money by marketing themselves, major college basketball has become NBA Lite.
 
#116      
2021 SF RJ Melendez has verbally committed to the Fighting Illini. Welcome to the family, RJ!

In other news, I have adjusted the grid to give all current team members an extra year of eligibility. We'll sort that out as decisions are made.

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I think your chart misinterprets the NCAA rules. After the 2021-22 season schools will be capped back to 13 scholarships again. To correct this, you could just move Trent/Da'Monte to Scholarships 14/15 and then after they leave transition their lines to be greyed out. They're in a unique position where if they stay or go it doesn't impact our future scholarship opportunities so you can just put them on their unique lines as "bonus covid players" or something. If Ayo/Giorgi/Austin/Jacob chose to stay their extra year I do not think Illinois get to add new recruits and keep their scholarships active. We'd have to make a decision there.
 
#117      
BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
I think your chart misinterprets the NCAA rules. After the 2021-22 season schools will be capped back to 13 scholarships again. If Ayo/Giorgi/Austin/Jacob chose to stay their extra year I do not think Illinois get to add new recruits and keep their scholarships active. We'd have to make a decision there.
There might be some built-in limitations on what a chart (that has remained virtually unchanged from a layout standpoint for many years) can communicate about the weirdness of this one year.
 
#118      
I think your chart misinterprets the NCAA rules. After the 2021-22 season schools will be capped back to 13 scholarships again. To correct this, you could just move Trent/Da'Monte to Scholarships 14/15 and then after they leave transition their lines to be greyed out. They're in a unique position where if they stay or go it doesn't impact our future scholarship opportunities so you can just put them on their unique lines as "bonus covid players" or something. If Ayo/Giorgi/Austin/Jacob chose to stay their extra year I do not think Illinois get to add new recruits and keep their scholarships active. We'd have to make a decision there.
But it doesn’t end with Ayo’s class, right? If there are not extra scholarships beyond next year with everyone getting extra eligibility it hurts the incoming class for the next 4 years, no?
 
#119      
But it doesn’t end with Ayo’s class, right? If there are not extra scholarships beyond next year with everyone getting extra eligibility it hurts the incoming class for the next 4 years, no?

As of now, this rule only applies the the 2021 recruiting class. After that there are no current allowances for extra scholarships (unless I’m mistaken which I may be)