Illini Basketball 2022-2023

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Lots of really positive stuff in there to get us excited as fans. My concern is still at pg. Goodman mentioned in the interview that Epps turned the ball over multiple times in practice. Maybe our defense is awesome this year and nobody will have an easy time bringing it up the floor. Not really sure but having 2 point guards that are true freshman with no real backup is a bit concerning. I wish they would could have found a veteran in the portal.
I don't think I am worried. Whether Skyy performs as a scorer remains to be seen, but he was a top 10 recruit before he lost some athleticism due to injury. Were people concerned when John wall, Derrick rose, Kyrie irving, etc. came in? I would imagine that Skyy is pretty much on their (age 19) level when it comes to handles.
I think we'll be fine, if everyone plays hard and as a team. We have a lot of talent.
 
#229      

pruman91

Paducah, Ky
I don't think I am worried. Whether Skyy performs as a scorer remains to be seen, but he was a top 10 recruit before he lost some athleticism due to injury. Were people concerned when John wall, Derrick rose, Kyrie irving, etc. came in? I would imagine that Skyy is pretty much on their (age 19) level when it comes to handles.
I think we'll be fine, if everyone plays hard and as a team. We have a lot of talent.
I agree not being overly worried about PG......I'm sure BU and staff are on top of it and will do everything possible to instill as much confidence as they can and help smooth the learning curve in transition from HS to college for Skyy , Epps and others they call upon to be the PG or multiple PG's on the court.....

The coaching staff has my confidence with this matter.......I'm looking forward to seeing new blood on the squad and how they perform ........Should be an entertaining team full of speed and shooting skills....
 
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I don't think I am worried. Whether Skyy performs as a scorer remains to be seen, but he was a top 10 recruit before he lost some athleticism due to injury. Were people concerned when John wall, Derrick rose, Kyrie irving, etc. came in? I would imagine that Skyy is pretty much on their (age 19) level when it comes to handles.
I think we'll be fine, if everyone plays hard and as a team. We have a lot of talent.
Having seen Wall play at the Bass Pro Tournament in high school, I can honestly say I have never seen anyone with a handle and quickness to the rim. Now, as a shooter, he leaves a lot to be desired. But he could get to the rim anytime he wanted and finish. Ted Dupay was just as impressive. Dupay had handle, quickness, range to 35 ft as any elite shooter....but was just too short for the NBA.

I simply need to see Skyy play to have an informed opinion. I hope he is the best ever in college and NBA, but from what I know, which is little, he has a learning curve and some skill development to tackle. After all, he has proven to only be a very good player against high school competition. Give him time and maybe he will prove on the court that he is elite....which is the only thing that counts for anything.

That said, I am ready to become his biggest fan.
 
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The Johnnies being good enough to make for fun Big East games at MSG would be great.

But here's a prompt: If you could wave a magic wand and Curbelo is back on the Illini for this year, would you do it?
Absolutely. Our guards have a collective total of 0 minutes of college basketball experience. Maybe they'll be ok, but there are plenty of recent examples of 5-star freshman struggling with the college game.
Having an experienced guard like Curbelo would allow the freshman to develop without putting the fate of the team on their shoulders. And if Curbelo has moved beyond any lingering concussion issues, and is able to pick up where he left off at the end of his Freshman year, then you welcome him back with open arms and shower him with NIL money.
 
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Bart Torvik is projecting Illini as the 4th most talented team in college bb.

Big 10 teams comprise 3 of his top 7 in projected talent level (not counting UCLA and USC, who are also in his top 7).
There are not a lot of teams with 5 players for whom you can have non-ridiculous conversations about their potential NBA future, even if this board goes way way too far with it.

But most teams are also not one true freshman's ACL tear recovery hitting a speed bump away from their entire roster of point guards and centers being Dain Dainja and Brandon Lieb.

It's a roller coaster, man!
 
#234      

InDaAZ

Eugene, Oregon
I LOVE Belo. I have ridden for him as much as anyone on here. I was genuinely disappointed when he left. With that said, I would not want him on this team. He made his choice. I think it was a wise one for both him and the program. Despite the talent, sometimes a change of scenery is just incredibly necessary for everyone involved.

I genuinely love the versatility of this team. We have a lot of guys that can initiate the offense. We have a lot of guys that can shoot. We have a tremendous amount of length. And I do think Skyy and Epps are going to come extremely good for us.

I wish Belo nothing but the best. I am absolutely going to make an effort to watch St. John's this season. I hope we face them in the tournament and I hope Skyy completely dominates Belo in every facet of the game if it happens.
I agree with the majority of this post. My separation from it is my thinking this season’s player mix and anticipated uptick in tempo would have suited Belo’s game far better than what we saw the past two years.

I viewed him as having a pass-first mentality, and I believe his ability to collapse defenses and create lanes & shots for teammates would have given this particular squad of long, aggressive, athletic kids a plethora of easy scores.

It seems pretty obvious the middle will be less clogged this year - a problem that was a partial cause for his running so often into traffic (and subsequent TOs/circus shots). Considering, too, his plus defense and rebounding, and I have trouble understanding why so many here (not you, GG) are happy about his exit.

It’s moot now, anyway… But, like you, I’ll watch him as much as possible, and if he faces the beloved, I’d like to see him score a triple-double in a losing effort.

Go Illini — Skyy’s the limit!
 
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theNewGuy

Dallas, TX
There are not a lot of teams with 5 players for whom you can have non-ridiculous conversations about their potential NBA future, even if this board goes way way too far with it.

But most teams are also not one true freshman's ACL tear recovery hitting a speed bump away from their entire roster of point guards and centers being Dain Dainja and Brandon Lieb.

It's a roller coaster, man!
WING U
 
#237      

theNewGuy

Dallas, TX
I agree with the majority of this post. My separation from it is my thinking this season’s player mix and anticipated uptick in tempo would have suited Belo’s game far better than what we saw the past two years.

I viewed him as having a pass-first mentality, and I believe his ability to collapse defenses and create lanes & shots for teammates would have given this particular squad of long, aggressive, athletic kids a plethora of easy scores.
Curbelo cuts to the inside, makes a ridiculous pass to TSJ who then proceeds to make an incredible dunk, and State Farm Center erupts. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
This definitely could have happened.
 
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The funny thing about our concern with our PG this year.... is that last year we had it worse and we did pretty good.....also I enjoyed good Curbelo, but reckless Curbelo....not so much...
 
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There are not a lot of teams with 5 players for whom you can have non-ridiculous conversations about their potential NBA future, even if this board goes way way too far with it.

But most teams are also not one true freshman's ACL tear recovery hitting a speed bump away from their entire roster of point guards and centers being Dain Dainja and Brandon Lieb.

It's a roller coaster, man!
Just 5?

Haters gonna hate.
 
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No mo' Bo? Say it ain't so!

Dave Chappelle Snl GIF by Saturday Night Live
 
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Having seen Wall play at the Bass Pro Tournament in high school, I can honestly say I have never seen anyone with a handle and quickness to the rim. Now, as a shooter, he leaves a lot to be desired. But he could get to the rim anytime he wanted and finish. Ted Dupay was just as impressive. Dupay had handle, quickness, range to 35 ft as any elite shooter....but was just too short for the NBA.

I simply need to see Skyy play to have an informed opinion. I hope he is the best ever in college and NBA, but from what I know, which is little, he has a learning curve and some skill development to tackle. After all, he has proven to only be a very good player against high school competition. Give him time and maybe he will prove on the court that he is elite....which is the only thing that counts for anything.

That said, I am ready to become his biggest fan.
I was there too in Springfield Mo! Small world...
 
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DICKnaggie

Champaign

Bart Torvik is projecting Illini as the 4th most talented team in college bb.

Big 10 teams comprise 3 of his top 7 in projected talent level (not counting UCLA and USC, who are also in his top 7).
Torvik predicts us as 22-8. I would be very happy with that and suspect that a good number of those 8 would come early while the team was figuring things out. Super excited!
 
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Bart Torvik is projecting Illini as the 4th most talented team in college bb.

Big 10 teams comprise 3 of his top 7 in projected talent level (not counting UCLA and USC, who are also in his top 7).

The B1G conference just doesn't scare me this year.

Michigan: More talented last season and it was a disaster, so why should they be better this year with less talent?

MSU: Lost some guys, and the guys they are expecting big things from have been shaky.

Iowa: Keegan Murray bailed them out a ton and they haven't added much

Indiana: Same core and some talented freshmen grow up, but they most likely still have shooting problems which almost always keeps your ceiling low.

OSU: Not even a tournament team according to preseason Torvik

Wisconsin: Same as OSU

Purdue: Edey will carry them, but other than him it looks meh. If guys don't step up they might be on the bubble come March.

The rest: Blah.

Someone please correct me if I'm missing something because I haven't followed the offseason super close. But I'm just not seeing it. That being said, it's still the B1G and there are some very good coaches in this conference.
 
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Bigtex

DFW
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