Illini Basketball 2021-2022

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I'm more convinced than ever that I never want to see photos of guys demonstrating how they've buffed up.

I'll take the videos though that demonstrate how it all is translating into performance.
 
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Vecenie has Kofi going at #43, in his way, way too early '22 mock v2.0 ($): https://theathletic.com/2863922/202...p-as-seasons-gear-up-but-class-has-questions/

Other notables: Timme #44, Jaden Hardy #5, AJ Griffin #7, Ivey #8, TyTy #12, Caleb Houston #13, Max Christie #16 (IBIWISI), Bryce McGowens #18, Keegan Murray #25, T. Shannon #27, Liddell #39, Jackson-Davis #59.
I don't quite understand how a player like Ivey or any upperclassmen can go undrafted then be a projected top 10 pick in the preseason of the next year. The only possible reason is he was a projected first rounder last season, but decided to go another year in college, which to me seems crazy.
 
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I don't quite understand how a player like Ivey or any upperclassmen can go undrafted then be a projected top 10 pick in the preseason of the next year. The only possible reason is he was a projected first rounder last season, but decided to go another year in college, which to me seems crazy.
He wasn't in the draft, was he? How is this any different than other sophs who went in the lottery?

As to sticking around, it happens a lot. If you truly believe you can raise your stock, it can make sense. Plenty of examples of how it doesn't work out well, but plenty of examples of where it does.
 
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I don't quite understand how a player like Ivey or any upperclassmen can go undrafted then be a projected top 10 pick in the preseason of the next year. The only possible reason is he was a projected first rounder last season, but decided to go another year in college, which to me seems crazy.
The nba drafts on potential. You consistently flash enough potential pre-nba and they draft you high to reach your potential in the league.
 
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The nba drafts on potential. You consistently flash enough potential pre-nba and they draft you high to reach your potential in the league.
Exactly, which is why it is so difficult for jrs and srs to be picked very high (top 7 or 8') in the draft.
 
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The nba drafts on potential. You consistently flash enough potential pre-nba and they draft you high to reach your potential in the league.
Yeah, I think what he's saying though is Ivey didn't declare for the draft, which he presumably would have if he'd been a lottery pick, he hasn't had any opportunity to flash any additional potential since last season, and he's a year older (a negative to NBA scout). So where is this projection coming from? It'd be a different story if the season had started and he'd shown something.
 
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Yeah, I think what he's saying though is Ivey didn't declare for the draft, which he presumably would have if he'd been a lottery pick, he hasn't had any opportunity to flash any additional potential since last season, and he's a year older (a negative to NBA scout). So where is this projection coming from? It'd be a different story if the season had started and he'd shown something.
The projection is from his play during the U19 USA team. Didn't watch it so no comment but that is why he and Edey are getting more hype.
 
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I still don't see much changing for Kofi in terms of NBA stock unless he pushes him game beyond 20 feet.
More importantly he has to improve his ball screen defense. Mike LaTulip said as much on the recent basketball preview pod.

If he can stretch the floor enough to keep defenses honest that’s a nice bonus but one will pay Kofi to take 20 footers. If he can’t guard ball screens better he won’t see the floor.
 
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The projection is from his play during the U19 USA team. Didn't watch it so no comment but that is why he and Edey are getting more hype.
Ivey was 8th in minutes played for the U-18 squad this summer, but second in points. I think he surprised the USA coaches. He improved a tremendous amount over the course of last B1G season.
He's got great genes & role models. His Dad and Grandfather played in the NFL. His mom is the women's Basketball HC at Notre Dame.
He is going to be a problem for a lot of teams.
 
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Ivey was 8th in minutes played for the U-18 squad this summer, but second in points. I think he surprised the USA coaches. He improved a tremendous amount over the course of last B1G season.
He's got great genes & role models. His Dad and Grandfather played in the NFL. His mom is the women's Basketball HC at Notre Dame.
He is going to be a problem for a lot of teams.
He reminded me of Ayo in the games I saw him. He will be a handful.
 
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Seth: Thanks for giving Kofi some primo bulletin board material. I'm sure he'll put it to good use while he ups his free throw % to match the rest of the Big Ten this year, including that of all three of your "Big Ten AA frontcourt players."

If we hang a banner this year, maybe Kofi will even give you a shoutout.
fify, Kofi needs to increase his free throw % to be truly dominant.
 
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