Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2020)

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Big Tim@tdc200 ·12h

High school recruits do look at how many players are in a program at their position. Young men want playing time and look at which school has a better opportunity for them to play. It's that simple for most top level high school players. If you research then that tells you which


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school a kid will matriculate. It's a player and his family doing their research and looking at it from a practical playing time scenario. Interpret that what you will folks.

Big Tim@tdc200 ·12h

https://fightingillini.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster/2020-21… Illinois does not have an elite 3/4 on their roster, and already missed out on two 3/4 guys.


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https://courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2020/06/01/kentucky-basketball-recruiting-2020-21-roster-breakdown/5262323002/… Kentucky has Brooks, Toppin, Fletcher, Ware at the 3/4 spots. Brooks is the only one that would possibly go to the NBA after this year. Can't blame a 3/4 kid for not wanting that log jam at his position. Kentucky and Illinois fans need to think practical.
 
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Nice work! looks to me that if this board had crystal balls to give, Big Tim, QC, and Whitesoxfan would be all in the Illini column! and that's what's gonna get me through and blah blah day at work.
 
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Indiana is fourth, at best. Never in the top 2.

When the Hopkins' visited (UV) Lexington on 9/12 and on their return, did not stop in Bloomington (only 30 minutes off of I65) on their way back, that sealed IU's fate. In the last month and a half IU was nothing more than a shill in this process. Michigan, too. IU has long ago moved onto Trey Kaufman.
 
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Big Tim is starting to get extremely "vocal". Hard to tell whether he or Andy Katz is a bigger supporter of Illini Men's BB!
 
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Middle TN
There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again
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Except Big Tim is a Kentucky fan

He grew up in Kentucky and is a UK graduate. He lives in Evanston and makes money on the side in Illinois by running a HS scouting service and blog, plus HS refereeing. Very well connected in Illinois BB. There are many on here who carry multiple allegiances. It just happens that the Hopkins recruitment comes down to his 2 favorites.
 
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He grew up in Kentucky and is a UK graduate. He lives in Evanston and makes money on the side in Illinois by running a HS scouting service and blog, plus HS refereeing. Very well connected in Illinois BB. There are many on here who carry multiple allegiances. It just happens that the Hopkins recruitment comes down to his 2 favorites.
TC when does this recruitment end, Saturday or Sunday? I know we talking about a fickle teenager with a good Fenwick education, but what do you think he is going to do?
 
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Is there any truth to the rumor(s) that Hopkins tried twice to commit to Kentucky, but was told his offer was not committable? If it is true, and if the offer is now committable, is there any reason to think he will go anywhere other than Kentucky?
 
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Is there any truth to the rumor(s) that Hopkins tried twice to commit to Kentucky, but was told his offer was not committable? If it is true, and if the offer is now committable, is there any reason to think he will go anywhere other than Kentucky?

That sounds like something a Kentucky fan would say to rationalize their position, or as an excuse if he goes somewhere else. A top-30 player may not be the headline to their class, but it's still borderline burger boy. Their current class has 4 guys ranked 30 or lower, and it's #1 in the nation by 247sports.
 
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Is there any truth to the rumor(s) that Hopkins tried twice to commit to Kentucky, but was told his offer was not committable? If it is true, and if the offer is now committable, is there any reason to think he will go anywhere other than Kentucky?

Depends on the athlete's attitude and what the parents have to say. If they don't care about being slow played, no.

If they have the swagger to think they're a difference maker and don't like being spurned not once but twice, that's enough reason to think they'd refuse to go back a third time.
 
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TC when does this recruitment end, Saturday or Sunday? I know we talking about a fickle teenager with a good Fenwick education, but what do you think he is going to do?

Rob, I've heard both, but here again I also heard the 20th awhile back. So who knows. :) I'm 100% in that it's Illinois, ever since last Thursday's Zoom call. Haha, of course watch it be DePud now.
 
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:rolleyes: No. IU hasn't been a real consideration for awhile. If IU is in your prediction, you have a really bad source.
Definitely a source that is very connected, they just may have interpreted the family comments wrong about IU being a finalist but all in with Kentucky now... wish it was different. I keep checking in to see if anything has changed. Not as of yesterday
 
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Is there any truth to the rumor(s) that Hopkins tried twice to commit to Kentucky, but was told his offer was not committable? If it is true, and if the offer is now committable, is there any reason to think he will go anywhere other than Kentucky?
I have heard that rumor of Hopkins trying to commit. I believe that a few of Calipari's targets committed elsewhere. Its getting later in the game and closer to signing day. These are unprecedented times and players cant even get official visits to campus for God's sake. Its like the girl you keep asking to go out with says no because she might be waiting for her dream guy. Do you accept her offer after the dream guy declines her? Sorry for the example but I have to use real life here. Some would say yes and go anyways. Others might say you know what, you played me. I am going to go where I am wanted.
 
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I have heard that rumor of Hopkins trying to commit. I believe that a few of Calipari's targets committed elsewhere. Its getting later in the game and closer to signing day. These are unprecedented times and players cant even get official visits to campus for God's sake. Its like the girl you keep asking to go out with says no because she might be waiting for her dream guy. Do you accept her offer after the dream guy declines her? Sorry for the example but I have to use real life here. Some would say yes and go anyways. Others might say you know what, you played me. I am going to go where I am wanted.

Man, if I can get with Kylie Jenner, i'll gladly take Travis Scott's sloppy seconds
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