Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (August 2020)

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Now some question on Hopkins to Kentucky and their 6 CB's for him. Also, Frank Martin getting involved. Not sure that Hopkins is one we want to "win". OTOH, not sure I want IU or UM to win either.
 
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Do we want more than one of Weston, Nesbitt, and Jones? Seems like we need Mac and a PG after that with Goode already aboard. Know locals think it important for us to get the local players but guess I would prefer Jones of the trio but haven’t seen any of them play and not a strong preference.
 
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Doesn't Momma live in Brooklyn?? Not sure how he ever got to MPHS to begin with. Also, it looks like your boy, Nesbitt to SLU has gone quiet. How's your daughter doing??
She is getting taller. She gets the height from her mom. She will be a future Illini as soon as they offer her the scholarship. Im not sure how he ended up at Morgan Park either. Players have a tendency of ending up there. It goes back to Najeeb Echols, to Wayne Blackshear, to Kyle Davis, Adam Miller to Ayo. They start off at one school then end up at Morgan Park, and they end up being immediately eligible in some cases. I would bet that Nick Irvin had his fingerprints all over that.
 
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Do we want more than one of Weston, Nesbitt, and Jones? Seems like we need Mac and a PG after that with Goode already aboard. Know locals think it important for us to get the local players but guess I would prefer Jones of the trio but haven’t seen any of them play and not a strong preference.

hearing the staff was open to taking two of Weston, Nesbitt, and Jones... but now it looks like we could possibly end up with none!! 😔
 
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I know recruiting is fluid but can one of the three or four guys who are better informed than the rest of us just say if we should be encouraged or discouraged for next years class?
 
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I mean, a class of Goode, Mac and Pinzon plus a transfer or reclass (Foster dreams?) would be a nice haul.
 
#195      
Wait, what’s going on with Jones? He’s still got Piper’s CB (FWIW) and OA is the lead guy. Louisville?
 
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Rafael Pinzon could be a major steal
this some highlights from FIBA U17 centrobasket
here is his stats https://www.fiba.basketball/u17centrobasket/2019/player/Rafael-Pinzon

Mmmm....I'm not so sure. He has dribbles and quickness, I'll give you that. Seems to be able to penetrate at will and keeps the ball on a string. But major deficiencies I see are his ability to finish at the basket (I only watched half the video and I think I counted 8 missed layups/floaters...some with contact, but a good number should have been made to warrant a major steal status), his shooting (passed up on 3 pointers regularly and 17 footers/floaters were missed badly), and his "scorer" mentality (regularly drove into traffic with 3 opponents surrounding him at the paint and would still try to put the shot up...passing just didn't seem like an option for him.

I think these are all fixable, but will take a lot of work....they'll have to break him down to the fundamental building blocks and build him back up again. If he's willing to endure at least a couple, maybe even a few years of hard work...I think there's something there as a good back-up.
 
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