Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (February 2021)

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Who's the one class of 2021 recruit we have a realistic shot at that we should all have our eyes on? Podziemski?
 
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Pebble Beach, CA
How about a little player comp fun? Podziemski = Ignas Brazdeikis?

(LB comps always welcome here)
 
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How about a little player comp fun? Podziemski = Ignas Brazdeikis?

(LB comps always welcome here)

There's some definitely overlapping similarities and he's the first guy I thought of when I saw him. I think Podz is a better passer though. An inch or two shorter which makes him more likely to spend a couple years in college (not saying he's definitely an NBA talent just that height matters early on in projection).
 
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Who's the one class of 2021 recruit we have a realistic shot at that we should all have our eyes on? Podziemski?

IMO yes. I'd still love to see us get an above the rim 6'7 athlete that can leap out the gym and guard multiple positions but those aren't easy for us to land.

I think if the bluebloods that offered Podz make it known he's a plan B for some of them he's not the type of kid that will be satisfied with that.
 
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IMO yes. I'd still love to see us get an above the rim 6'7 athlete that can leap out the gym and guard multiple positions but those aren't easy for us to land.

I think if the bluebloods that offered Podz make it known he's a plan B for some of them he's not the type of kid that will be satisfied with that.
Haha your second point legit made me laugh. That’s not how this works and what would make you think that?
 
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Haha your second point legit made me laugh. That’s not how this works and what would make you think that?

Some kids are a bit more enamored with bluebloods than either. Not every kid lives or dies by it.

There's plenty of kids big time programs try to swoop in late to no avail. You just don't read stories about that.
 
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Pebble Beach, CA
Some kids are a bit more enamored with bluebloods than either. Not every kid lives or dies by it.

There's plenty of kids big time programs try to swoop in late to no avail. You just don't read stories about that.
Agree with you. Hopefully the Tyler Herro factor doesn't loom too large in this one.
 
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Some kids are a bit more enamored with bluebloods than either. Not every kid lives or dies by it.

There's plenty of kids big time programs try to swoop in late to no avail. You just don't read stories about that.
This is true, but KU and UK both offered Podziemski two months before we did. We're the ones swooping in late this time, so I hope it works out!
 
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Agree with you. Hopefully the Tyler Herro factor doesn't loom too large in this one.
This is true, but KU and UK both offered Podziemski two months before we did. We're the ones swooping in late this time, so I hope it works out!

Both great points I'm sure Kentucky is playing the Tyler Herro card as much as possible.

The thing I wonder is if he picked up the phone tomorrow and tried to commit would Kentucky or Kansas take him? Maybe but maybe not.

Illinois I'd think would.

I've seen quotes he wants to gets to campuses before committing anyways so I'd tend to agree if Kentucky wants to shoot their best shot and gets to it'll be hard.

I've been told the staff has done a great job of showcasing Ayo's growth but we need a guy to pull the trigger on that. Tyty hurt a bit.
 
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Both great points I'm sure Kentucky is playing the Tyler Herro card as much as possible.

The thing I wonder is if he picked up the phone tomorrow and tried to commit would Kentucky or Kansas take him? Maybe but maybe not.

Illinois I'd think would.

I've seen quotes he wants to gets to campuses before committing anyways so I'd tend to agree if Kentucky wants to shoot their best shot and gets to it'll be hard.

I've been told the staff has done a great job of showcasing Ayo's growth but we need a guy to pull the trigger on that. Tyty hurt a bit.
Would Illinois take him if it cost you Burnett?
 
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I know seniors can come back for a fifth year next year. But does anyone know if this is a “free” year for other classes this year like in football? For instance, if Kofi were to come back he would still be a sophomore?
 
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I know seniors can come back for a fifth year next year. But does anyone know if this is a “free” year for other classes this year like in football? For instance, if Kofi were to come back he would still be a sophomore?
He'd be a junior with two more years of eligibility. My understanding is that this is a free year for all sports, not just football, but I could be wrong.
 
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He'd be a junior with two more years of eligibility. My understanding is that this is a free year for all sports, not just football, but I could be wrong.
Not understanding, all jrs have 2 yrs left, do you mean 2 yrs after jr year?
 
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Terrance Shannon looks good, sorry we missed on him and Krutwig looks helpful, if we get him, Fletch will do a job on him I'm sure.
 
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Chicago, IL
Not understanding, all jrs have 2 yrs left, do you mean 2 yrs after jr year?
Yes. He'd be able to be a "super senior" for lack of a better term. Granted, that's only if he elected to stay.

Think of it this way. If Ayo didn't jump to the draft after this year, he'd have two more seasons of eligibility, his senior year plus one.

Kofi has three. His junior and senior seasons, plus one. I don't think it's likely either of them take it. I imagine Ayo is gone after this year and Kofi after his junior year depending on the strength of the draft class and the skills he can pick up.
 
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Yes. He'd be able to be a "super senior" for lack of a better term. Granted, that's only if he elected to stay.

Think of it this way. If Ayo didn't jump to the draft after this year, he'd have two more seasons of eligibility, his senior year plus one.

Kofi has three. His junior and senior seasons, plus one. I don't think it's likely either of them take it. I imagine Ayo is gone after this year and Kofi after his junior year depending on the strength of the draft class and the skills he can pick up.
Ayo is contractually obligated to return it we don't at least make an elite 8
 
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Ayo is contractually obligated to return it we don't at least make an elite 8
This is actually an interesting point. I wonder if we make it far but fall short (and maybe in a gut wrenching fashion) will Ayo consider running it back.

I think watching the BTN promo on him, his parents made a great point about “you aren’t saving this family by going to the league ...”

In other words, does Ayo put his dream and money making potential on hold for another year to try and win a natty ( I think next year with the same roster is probably preseason #1-3)
 
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