Illini Basketball 2024-2025

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Hey guys, you've gotta see Indiana's non-con this year. It's hilarious!

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Updated - Will Riley No. 19 in both 247 and 247 composite in 2024 class.
At #19 our highest rated since Dee (#19 also?). What's crazy is Duke has #s 1, 4, 13, 17, and 19. And they do that year after year. If Wonder Boy happens to get them to the EE, everyone will be saying what an amazing job he did.
 
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KJ (by the end of the year)
Boswell
Humrichous
Riley
Ty
Ivisic
Tre
Morez
Booth
DGL
Davis
 
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Obviously he could be better and by most accounts he’s been great so far in practice. But to just assume Tre is above Ty would not be based on any prior stats. I understand Tre was in bad situations and he also did perform well sporadically against good teams. Still previously he basically seems worse than Ty at almost everything besides being a better three point shooter. But even that it’s not like he shot the three well he just shot it. Ty outperforms him at rebounding, assists, 2 point percentage, defensive box plus minus, offensive box plus minus, true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentage.
 
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The likely starting five seems to be: Kylan, KJ, Riley, Ben, Tomislav

The likely second unit five or bench five seems to be: Ty, DGL, Tre, Booth, Morez

Now...

out of the top 10 guys on the roster, if we had to select an all defensive five and an all offensive five...

pretty sure the all defensive five we would select would be: Ty, DGL, Tre, Booth, Morez - the same guys listed for the "bench five"...

and pretty sure the all offensive five we would select would be: Kylan, KJ, Riley, Ben, Tomislav - the same guys listed for the "starting five".

Now, whatever that represents - that might mean some good and some bad, all good and no bad, or nothing at all to make a deal about... - think some things are pretty concludeable: 1. we've got a lot of different pieces to do a lot of different things strategic wise, 2. we're likely to see a large quantity of "defensive sparks" provided off the bench, and 3. this team will be primarily very offensive oriented and has got some real good offensive firepower.

Just feel like if the D can hold up to at least average and at best good, a lot could be achieved considering how much offensive firepower there is.
My hope is that some of the "all defensive" five push their way (especially early in the season) into the starting lineup because of their defensive efforts....which should (hopefully) push some or most of the "all offensive" five to improve their defensive skills that will make us even better come Jan. and conference play and into March/April.
 
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Illini in OC

In. The. Alley.
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My hope is that some of the "all defensive" five push their way (especially early in the season) into the starting lineup because of their defensive efforts....which should (hopefully) push some or most of the "all offensive" five to improve their defensive skills that will make us even better come Jan. and conference play and into March/April.
 
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robertgoulet

IL Board Resident Crooner
Austin, TX
The Athletic just released their 2025 "Mock Draft" (no teams involved, obviously). Riley gets a mention but doesn't make the final top 60 list. One Illini on there:

#15 - KJ - a 6-4 combo guard who has thrived at every single stage of his career with Barcelona’s youth team. He won the MVP of the Zadar region of 2023’s Next Generation Tournament, then followed it with the MVP in the Belgrade section of the tournament this season while also making the overall All-Tournament team. Long one of the best passers in the age group, the Lithuanian playmaker has an innate feel out of ball screens, with the ability to find open teammates from just about any angle. His ball-screen game flows incredibly well off that skill, as he’s displayed the ability to hit 3s out of pull-up situations and drive all the way to the rim, using his strong frame to keep defenders on his hip. He’s an extremely creative guard with good footwork, good handle and high feel for the game. He could stand to tighten his handle a touch if he’s going to play on the ball long-term, but he is a strong dribble-pass-shoot bet. He’ll attend Illinois this year, where I’m expecting him to share a backcourt with Kylan Boswell. Jakucionis is my favorite among the members of Illinois’ loaded freshman class.
 
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I get it…Woodson is trying to game the NET rankings system. But good lord is this soft! And all those games at home?! Pure comedy. Hoosiers better not choke any of those games away & clean up in conference :D
I don't even think he's trying to game the system. I think he feels the heat so he's trying to give himself an easy path. The irony is, if he drops one of those, that thing is going to turn into an absolute pressure cooker.
 
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If the Lossiers enter conference play with more than 1 loss it will be an epic failure....
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I think they will the Battle 4 Atlantis could be a tough field with Creighton Arizona Gonzaga. When the bracket gets finalized it will be interesting to see who they play.

I don’t know how good the Big Ten will be and if it was like last season the NET ranking of teams made it hard to have quad 1 opportunities

 
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Fan Since '70

OBS, Florida
Hey guys, you've gotta see Indiana's non-con this year. It's hilarious!

Indiana seems to lack confidence, especially despite all the new additions they added to existing good players. They evidently want to go for the wins against teams that won't do much for their RPI or SOS. Would serve them right if they get upset by one or more of these lower tier teams, LOL. Illinois used to schedule teams like that and I am so glad Illinois has gained confidence from building up their roster quality and from recent success to now schedule a much tougher off-season slate. Duke, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas will help gauge this team's potential, prepare them for a more grueling Big Ten slate and can really build up Illinois RPI. Brad and Illini have every reason to be more confident as the talent is unmistakingly there.
 
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I think they will the Battle 4 Atlantis could be a tough field with Creighton Arizona Gonzaga. When the bracket gets finalized it will be interesting to see who they play.

I don’t know how good the Big Ten will be and if it was like last season the NET ranking of teams made it hard to have quad 1 opportunities

The article is wrong, it's Providence, not Creighton.

Personally, I hope they play West Virginia so we can see how they fare against Illinois' 3rd team.
 
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