Illini Basketball 2021-2022

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#126      
IIRC, Underwood said the roster is set for this season. I.e. they'll hold the one scholarship open. I'd love for one of the beat reporters to ask him to walk us through that decision. Seems like with the covid rule this season, there would be someone out there that would be good to add to the roster, and you'd have no downside.
We already have 3 commits for next season, and none of them are over 6'4". The open scholarship is the only slot that is certainly not taken and we are deep in pursuit of Whitmore and Corhen. Yes, we will likely have transfers or guys go pro, but its probably harder to get a firm commitment for theoretical openings.

Would you rather have a top 100 type 2022 or whatever is left of the transfer/2021 scrap heap? With Trent and DMW its already going to be challenging getting everyone on the floor in PRACTICE.
 
#127      
Scottsdale, Arizona
IIRC, Underwood said the roster is set for this season. I.e. they'll hold the one scholarship open. I'd love for one of the beat reporters to ask him to walk us through that decision. Seems like with the covid rule this season, there would be someone out there that would be good to add to the roster, and you'd have no downside.
There is downside in a situation where one more player doesn’t get his desired playing time and transfers out.

While we have an open scholarship, this year is an unusual year where we’re still one scholarship above the normal scholarship limit because of Trent & Damonte’s return.
 
#128      
Our roster is already too deep to the point where most of our freshman probably won’t see the court much. You really want to add another body to sit the bench and transfer after the season bc he didn’t play enough. I’m already worried about how many will transfer next year bc they didn’t play enough without adding another scholarship player

I don't think the staff here, or really any nationally strong program, shies away from adding players because they are afraid of having too much talent.
 
#131      
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you can read this if you would like, I posted several threads ago. YOU are making the comparisons of pros against pros. The fact is the guy does exactly what is needed and when it is needed. A less disciplined player would see >50% from 3 and chuck em all. DMW is a smart selfless player.

at the end of the day, anyone can make a stat tell a story. But you can’t deny that he maximizes his opportunities, which puts us in a better position to succeed.
The discussion was NEVER about DMW doing what was needed .

It was about him shooting poorly for 3 years shooting well for 4 months and then being declared one of the best shooters in the country entirely based off percentages from that 4 month stretch.

As I said originally that was unfair to him because it puts the expectation that 50+ percent from three is normal and should be expected .

I used pros as an example to show how absurd the claims are from a basketball prospective .

You basically have tried to counter my claims with stuff that was never even being debated because it was already admitted to at the start none of which cements DMW as being one of the best shooters in the country.

It's not a discussion of his value which is tremendous but a specific skill when compared to the rest of the country..

And finally a great shooter who shoots over 50 percent from three is gonna be given every opportunity to shoot more shots and he is expected to shoot more shots . The discipline you are talking about is applied to lessor shooters with a good percentage not the best shooters in the country
 
#132      
It was about him shooting poorly for 3 years shooting well for 4 months and then being declared one of the best shooters in the country entirely based off percentages from that 4 month stretch.
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A couple comments:
1. If you're going to put a lot of emphasis on context, then it's worth noting that DMW was really good in practice long before those 4 months.
2. Sometimes the light goes on, and a guy who's able to do something in practice but not in games, figures it out.

The discussion strikes me as pedantic. Everyone has their idea of what a great shooter is/does, and that's what defines your view of DMW. He's kind of an extreme case of high percentage on low usage. Seems like that's what's at issue, is whether that meets the definition.
 
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Prediction #2

Kofi EOY stat line:

Points: 22.2
Rebounds: 12.5
Blocks 2.5
FG% 73.5%
FT %: 71%

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Prediction #3

The Illini will win 27 games this season.
 
#137      
Prediction #3

The Illini will win 27 games this season.
Prediction #4a #4b #4c

We will be in a 3 way tie for the Big Ten regular season champs and we will repeat as Big Ten Tournament Champs, However we will be a #2 Seed in the NCCA.. UCLA, Gonzaga, Kentucky, (Michigan, Purdue, Illinois) --> we get kicked to #2 just because...

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#138      
Prediction #4a #4b #4c

We will be in a 3 way tie for the Big Ten regular season champs and we will repeat as Big Ten Tournament Champs, However we will be a #2 Seed in the NCCA.. UCLA, Gonzaga, Kentucky, (Michigan, Purdue, Illinois) --> we get kicked to #2 just because...

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#146      
I feel that is way too early to say that. We really don't know how good they are yet. I dont want to get back on the 3/4 CH topic again but if DMW splits time between those spots I expect one to step up, much like AC did last year. We really don't know what we have yet in the 3 freshman or really Hutch even though we are confident on him. BU wanted length and shooting on the wings and I think its more likely than not at least one of them steps up and plays minutes as the season rolls along.
I don’t really know any teams that would employ a 15 man rotation and expect to win at a high level. We have 14 scholarship players right now. Even if a freshman redshirts, you’re still talking 13 players to rotate and there just aren’t enough minutes to do that. Depth of not, sheer volume will prevent minutes from whoever is the end of the bench.
 
#147      
North Bethesda, Maryland
We are one “oh my!” Player away from being the most dangerous team in the country. If that is Hutch or Hawkins, I would be ecstatic. But who knows …Plummer may be a scoring machine…Vinnie “Microwave“ Johnson for you of an age.

Could be a return to the old Trent too… certainly showed it in the Michigan game.
 
#148      
We are one “oh my!” Player away from being the most dangerous team in the country.

We definitely have question marks going into the season, but it strikes me how much the program has been built up since Underwood arrived. Hasn't been smooth sailing, but the trend and hard work has led to a tremendous rebuild.

Was looking at Torvik's site, and see he's projecting Gonzaga as a run-away #1. Top 5 are Zags, UCLA, Texas, Illini, Kansas. Michigan and Purdue check in at 6 and 7. Should be a tough battle for the BIG.
 
#149      
We definitely have question marks going into the season, but it strikes me how much the program has been built up since Underwood arrived. Hasn't been smooth sailing, but the trend and hard work has led to a tremendous rebuild.

Was looking at Torvik's site, and see he's projecting Gonzaga as a run-away #1. Top 5 are Zags, UCLA, Texas, Illini, Kansas. Michigan and Purdue check in at 6 and 7. Should be a tough battle for the BIG.
He doesn’t show any contribution by Hutch or Hawk. Hope they can be the difference between a good team and a great team but understand why they don’t enter into Torvik’s calculation.
 
#150      
I don’t really know any teams that would employ a 15 man rotation and expect to win at a high level. We have 14 scholarship players right now. Even if a freshman redshirts, you’re still talking 13 players to rotate and there just aren’t enough minutes to do that. Depth of not, sheer volume will prevent minutes from whoever is the end of the bench.
That's true, minutes could be hard to find for "end of the bench" players, but having 12-13 players to rotate especially in practice will make everyone better....plus if a starter or a key role player goes down with injury it's nice having that depth....the coaching staff needs to do a good job of explaining this to some players and keep them motivated to improve and push those ahead of them to garner more game minutes
 
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