Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2020)

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#829      
Ace Wolf
UofI
I’m going to share this and then I’m going to go into hiding until Saturday Night...

I was told about 3 weeks ago when the Hopkins visits rumors were flying everywhere, BY AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER (you can guess who) that it was a 3 team race. But that we were on the verge of closing, and as a favor, they let me know that...

If Bryce commits on a Tuesday, it’s Providence. But if Bryce commits on a Thursday, It’s Kentucky. And lastly, if Bryce commits on a “weeknd” that it will be Illinois. Ala the onslaught of ‘The Weeknd’ gifs...

This was a clue that was given to me as favor from them, for as this person put it... “because of what I do for the University”.

I was also told that day that IU was out! Hence the IU knockout punch gif.

So, with that being said...
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#831      
Oswego, IL
I’m going to share this and then I’m going to go into hiding until Saturday Night...

I was told about 3 weeks ago when the Hopkins visits rumors were flying everywhere, BY AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER (you can guess who) that it was a 3 team race. But that we were on the verge of closing, and as a favor, they let me know that...

If Bryce commits on a Tuesday, it’s Providence. But if Bryce commits on a Thursday, It’s Kentucky. And lastly, if Bryce commits on a “weeknd” that it will be Illinois. Ala the onslaught of ‘The Weeknd’ gifs...

This was a clue that was given to me as favor from them, for as this person put it... “because of what I do for the University”.

I was also told that day that IU was out! Hence the IU knockout punch gif.

So, with that being said...
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Regardless if you're right or wrong, you're fun... You should stick around.
 
#832      
Not sure how to take that as they knew where and just messing with you for fun, or are they that unsure day to day and an announcement is a token and things still could change.
 
#834      
I don’t want to speak for anyone else but I don’t think people are picking on Tyler. I’m guessing it’s a reference to him getting minutes over higher ranked players such as Mark Smith early on it BUs tenure.
Jesus people it was just a joke He’s had like what 10 years of college and due to the new COVID rule he could actually get another year. I thought everyone would get it
 
#837      
New York
That message from the Hopkins family is right up there with the secret decoder messages and Chief symbols. They fit in well on this board.
 
#840      
Heh, I hope people have gotten better at dealing with recruiting realities. Seems like the knee-jerk reaction used to be shooting the messenger. Hopefully most of the posters here have gotten used to the roller coaster ride.
Unless the crystal balls start flipping I would be highly skeptical of Illinois being the choice. If the family has told anyone I can’t believe none of the most connected recruiting people wouldn’t have picked it up too. I’d love to be wrong but guessing that UK is the choice and UI and Providence are the misdirection that’s has been mentioned.
 
#841      
Snider would've been a part of the '14 class (4 year player who got better each year), and I believe he was a top 50 recruit. PG was Groce's kryptonite, and Snider could've potentially righted the ship for him or at least extended his stay at Illinois.
Yeah, thankfully Snider went back to Louisville. Wood is the answer for Illinois and Groce certainly was not.
 
#842      
Unless the crystal balls start flipping I would be highly skeptical of Illinois being the choice. If the family has told anyone I can’t believe none of the most connected recruiting people wouldn’t have picked it up too. I’d love to be wrong but guessing that UK is the choice and UI and Providence are the misdirection that’s has been mentioned.
People are going to hold out until the very end to flip if it happens. There are a multiple streams of info out there, and UK is the "safe" bet for those guys. Plus these algorithms reward people to hold onto their picks. There's no incentive to change until they know for sure.
 
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Yeah, thankfully Snider went back to Louisville. Wood is the answer for Illinois and Groce certainly was not.
Groce seems to have found his niche at Akron. 24-7 last year and a 1st place conference finish. I do not recall who is lead recruiters were? Was it a case of not having great lead recruiters or Groce's inability to "close the deal" on talented recruits one too many time?
 
#845      
Baltimore, MD
wish i had the time/dedication to run some numbers on 247's crystal ball. would be really interesting to see just how much accuracy increases relative to time prior to commitment. people like to trash the crystal ball but in the past when there has been a run of predictions to one school leading up to an announcement, that almost always ends up being the place. if no movement prior to his announcement, would be a statistical "outlier" for Illinois to be the choice
 
#846      
As much as I would like to believe Professor QC, I think that he was used as a misdirection. Someone at Providence and Indiana were undoubtedly also chosen to be used. I am so hopeful that I am wrong. We could really use this kid, but I don't think that he is ours.
 
#847      
Texas
I’m going to share this and then I’m going to go into hiding until Saturday Night...

I was told about 3 weeks ago when the Hopkins visits rumors were flying everywhere, BY AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER (you can guess who) that it was a 3 team race. But that we were on the verge of closing, and as a favor, they let me know that...

If Bryce commits on a Tuesday, it’s Providence. But if Bryce commits on a Thursday, It’s Kentucky. And lastly, if Bryce commits on a “weeknd” that it will be Illinois. Ala the onslaught of ‘The Weeknd’ gifs...

This was a clue that was given to me as favor from them, for as this person put it... “because of what I do for the University”.

I was also told that day that IU was out! Hence the IU knockout punch gif.

So, with that being said...
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Awesome. I wonder why the different commitment days for different schools but either way Go Illini!!!
 
#848      
Groce seems to have found his niche at Akron. 24-7 last year and a 1st place conference finish. I do not recall who is lead recruiters were? Was it a case of not having great lead recruiters or Groce's inability to "close the deal" on talented recruits one too many time?
Just not being able to close on recruitments. No hot shot point guard, top notch recruit or center commits. Demetrius Jackson, Quentin Snider, Elijah Thomas, Juwan Evans, Jabari Parker, Jalen Brunson, Cliff Alexander all went elsewhere.
 
#849      
As much as I would like to believe Professor QC, I think that he was used as a misdirection. Someone at Providence and Indiana were undoubtedly also chosen to be used. I am so hopeful that I am wrong. We could really use this kid, but I don't think that he is ours.

Fair enough, but @whitesxfan2012 is a known commodity with a history of peddling good info, so take heart in that. I wouldn't call it 100%, as anyone can attest who was around for Cliffmas, but about the only way I'd feel more comfortable with free insider info from a board like this is if @stuemke5 stopped by to confirm.
 
#850      
Not much conversation, if any, on UK forums regarding Hopkins. Almost like a non event for them.
 
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