Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2020)

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Here is what I heard yesterday...

There are two commitment videos made. Kentucky waiting on final word this weekend from Daimion Collins.. if he commits to KU, there is no room for Hopkins. He will be an Illini. If no word from Collins, the scholarship goes to Hopkins. For the life of me I’m not sure why a kid would accept those terms.. unless of course it was and always will be his dream school..
Has Daimion Collins set a commitment date? If he hasn't said that he is committing this weekend or doesn't commit this weekend this "inside info." means nothing. Hopkins will then be picking his school regardless of that Daimion Collins does.
 
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Was it Charles Matthews that said something like “Gonna shock the world” with his decision?

Then he proceeded to choose the school everyone knew he was going to and surprised nobody. (UK)

That’s how I feel right now. It seems like the “misdirection” is the same as the “shock the world” quote from Matthews but in the end, the insiders aren’t buying it and know where Bryce is going.
 
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Winged Warrior
Illinois fans watching Hopkins recruitment....

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Kentucky fans watching Hopkins recruitment......

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North Bethesda, Maryland
Was it Charles Matthews that said something like “Gonna shock the world” with his decision?

Then he proceeded to choose the school everyone knew he was going to and surprised nobody. (UK)

That’s how I feel right now. It seems like the “misdirection” is the same as the “shock the world” quote from Matthews but in the end, the insiders aren’t buying it and know where Bryce is going.

I teach high school in the Maryland suburbs of DC: The culture here is so rife with kids going to “status” schools that we are on alert during the time when kids get in for mass depression even leading to the unimaginable. To think that a kid who plays basketball feels any less pressure to sign with a status program is underestimating the fragile nature of the average teen. I hope it goes our way, but I will feel no ill toward Hopkins if he chooses the ”it” school that legitimizes his feeling of self-worth.
 
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If the Daimion Collins and Bryce Hopkins recruitments are in fact tied together, UK just got their 7th CB for Collins (all in the past 2 days)
 
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Was it Charles Matthews that said something like “Gonna shock the world” with his decision?

Then he proceeded to choose the school everyone knew he was going to and surprised nobody. (UK)

That’s how I feel right now. It seems like the “misdirection” is the same as the “shock the world” quote from Matthews but in the end, the insiders aren’t buying it and know where Bryce is going.

If Kentucky is slow-playing him to suit their top targets, they're doing a heck of a job. Seems like they're getting things to fall into place.
 
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
I teach high school in the Maryland suburbs of DC: The culture here is so rife with kids going to “status” schools that we are on alert during the time when kids get in for mass depression even leading to the unimaginable. To think that a kid who plays basketball feels any less pressure to sign with a status program is underestimating the fragile nature of the average teen. I hope it goes our way, but I will feel no ill toward Hopkins if he chooses the ”it” school that legitimizes his feeling of self-worth.
Well said. You and I are neighbors so, sadly, I know exactly what you mean. You don't by chance teach at B-CC do you?
 
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But UK just received another CB for daimion Collins.. If that means anything.. Could they play those two together?
UK also has offered and expressed big interest in 2021 6'9" PF 247 #20, Moussa Diabate. Kentucky offered mid September. FWIW, Hopkins cannot play the 3.
Daimion Collins is now up to 7 CB's to UK.
 
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Sadly, if Hopkins picks the Cats, then I am forced to admit that the Loyalty "insiders" are now "outsiders". That will hurt, as I enjoy telling Illini fans that I have "sources"(or is it sauces?). I field many calls asking what my "insiders" are saying. Unfortunately, those calls are coming with less frequency due to the bad information. With their recent misses, I will only be left with the 247 Crystal Balls and cryptic athlete tweets. Be correct, insiders, please be correct!
 
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