Illini Women's Basketball 2023-2024

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Coach Green was on local radio with Brian Barnhart , this morning for 10 minutes. Coach pointed out that team had some great wins and some close losses too in B1G. Team had a fun bus ride home last night arriving at Midnight. Said that mens and womens teams were close and supportive of each other all year inc Coaching Staffs. Stated the obvious that the Championship will further propel them forward.
 
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With the new additions and our veterans coming back, this could really be a good team next year. Would it be safe to say that a NCAA tourney bid would be an expectation?
Cook officially announced recently she is returning

Bostic just officially announced she is returning (this was a given since working on Master's)

McKenzie hasn't announced....she is 100% coming back

Bryant hasn't announced......would fall off my chair if she doesn't return

That just leaves the 5 spot open since Hobby will be gone. They need at least 1 if not two impactful post players from the transfer portal. Throw in Dolan, Wallace and few others already on roster than I feel comfortable this is the most talent and depth this team has under the Green regime. There will be some movement on this team but nothing that changes the minutes of the top players. Not disappointed by WBIT appearance this season, next season with the talent/depth I would.
 
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Cook officially announced recently she is returning

Bostic just officially announced she is returning (this was a given since working on Master's)

McKenzie hasn't announced....she is 100% coming back

Bryant hasn't announced......would fall off my chair if she doesn't return

That just leaves the 5 spot open since Hobby will be gone. They need at least 1 if not two impactful post players from the transfer portal. Throw in Dolan, Wallace and few others already on roster than I feel comfortable this is the most talent and depth this team has under the Green regime. There will be some movement on this team but nothing that changes the minutes of the top players. Not disappointed by WBIT appearance this season, next season with the talent/depth I would.
Any concerns of some role/bench players portaling?
 
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Coach Green was on local radio with Brian Barnhart , this morning for 10 minutes. Coach pointed out that team had some great wins and some close losses too in B1G. Team had a fun bus ride home last night arriving at Midnight. Said that mens and womens teams were close and supportive of each other all year inc Coaching Staffs. Stated the obvious that the Championship will further propel them forward.
Great to hear.

I do remember one of the insiders last year saying that Brad and Shauna spoke often, and at the time it Brad initiating most of the conversations as he tried to get ideas to manage the Clark / Epps / Mayer / whatever turmoil.
 
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Hailey van Lith in the portal. Not a good fit for us but a very good player. Hope she doesn’t end up in the Big Ten.
 
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Alyssa Latham, a 6'2" forward from Glenwood, IL, has entered the portal. She was ranked #68 in her class and named to the ACC All Freshman Team this year. She should have three years of eligibility. Could be a good pick up.

Dang. I like what I see. Looks versatile as can be (in these short clips) athletic…leaper…got some length but plays bigger.

Looks like she has some range…and has a midrange game as well. Also, looks to be a pure shooter…I like that she starts the ball a little higher on her shot than some. (Very smooth and economical.) Always room for a good swing/wing. Two thumbs 👍 👍 WAY up!
 
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