Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2020)

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#352      
Let’s see Goode, Nesbitt, Hopkins, and Mac. They replace Ayo, Kofi, Trent, and DaMonte. Tough to replace Ayo and Kofi in the short term but a pretty good effort. Will be a different very good team.
 
#353      
IF Hopkins and Nesbitt to Illinois happen, I will be voting early and writing in QCillini48 for President of USA.
Can one be president & vice president? I'm a history major & i know the answer, but I wanted to ask anyways!
 
#354      
So their insider said "may commit soon?" Not very insightful. The kid himself said he is committing Oct. 1. It's hardly a secret that needs insider info to corroborate.
Just speculating but..........

I believe that insider is likely Frank Cusumano....who is truly a solid St. Louis metro sportscaster and insider/resource. And to be fair, Frank's other comment about "announcing soon" pertains to Kern --- and not to Nesbitt.
 
#355      
Just speculating but..........

I believe that insider is likely Frank Cusumano....who is truly a solid St. Louis metro sportscaster and insider/resource. And to be fair, Frank's other comment about "announcing soon" pertains to Kern --- and not to Nesbitt.

Having grown up in the Metro East, I am well aware (and thoroughly annoyed by) Cusamano. I didn't know that's who they were referencing and the comment makes more sense if the "committing soon" isn't referring to someone else.

I guess that's what happens when we're only given a small snapshot of a larger conversation.
 
#356      
Hopkins, Nesbitt, Goode and MAC to go along with this years class would be unreal. Trying to not get too excited but this program is rolling regardless!!
 
#357      
Hopkins, Nesbitt, Goode and MAC to go along with this years class would be unreal. Trying to not get too excited but this program is rolling regardless!!

After Miller, Curbelo, Hawkins, and Lieb; following that up with Mac, Nesbitt, and Goode would be amazing. Anyone they add after that point would be fine but Hopkins would be exceptional. That’s literally a top tierfull roster in just 2 classes.

In 2022-23 I could see a lineup of:
Jr Curbelo
Jr Miller
So Nesbitt
So Hawkins
So Mac
Backups: Goode at guard and Lieb at Center (plus Hopkins at the wing if we get him too).
Well also still have BBV and Hamlin on the roster at that point as seniors. That’s a team I would be almost excited to watch as our current team!
 
#358      
Assuming we get a couple of our current Top 100 targets this fall, I'll be tempted to say that our recruiting has nearly recovered from from the Weber/Groce regimes. More importantly, we'll be back where we belong as a consistent and legitimate Top 10 national power. (And when you think about it, that's a pretty strong statement given we haven't played in an NCAA tournament since 2013.)
 
#359      
B Hopkins looks like a player that can develop well. Has nice size and frame to add muscle. Kentucky not a great place to develop as system is geared towards one and done top 10 recruits.
 
#360      
Anyone know if Nesbitt is going to have a formal announcement or otherwise announce at a particular time?

-Asking for a friend that's trying to save his f5 key
 
#361      
After Miller, Curbelo, Hawkins, and Lieb; following that up with Mac, Nesbitt, and Goode would be amazing. Anyone they add after that point would be fine but Hopkins would be exceptional. That’s literally a top tierfull roster in just 2 classes.

In 2022-23 I could see a lineup of:
Jr Curbelo
Jr Miller
So Nesbitt
So Hawkins
So Mac
Backups: Goode at guard and Lieb at Center (plus Hopkins at the wing if we get him too).
Well also still have BBV and Hamlin on the roster at that point as seniors. That’s a team I would be almost excited to watch as our current team!
I don’t want to skip 2021-22. Front court of Giorgi, BBV, Cole, MAC, Hopkins, Jermaine, and Lieb. BackCourt of Adam, Curbelo, Hutch, Grandison, Goode, and Nesbitt. Lots of pieces in this roster if it really happens and can lose some and still be pretty strong. Believe Mac is most important piece not confirmed but development of current roster could reduce that need. Would be surprised, however, If we didn’t see some transfers after this year. Going to need some different offensive and defensive systems to capitalize but looking forward to seeing them.
 
#362      
B Hopkins looks like a player that can develop well. Has nice size and frame to add muscle. Kentucky not a great place to develop as system is geared towards one and done top 10 recruits.

You might be right, but people don't choose Kentucky to develop to begin with. They choose the path that gets them into the NBA as fast as possible.
 
#363      
Watched some of Hopkins’ tape. Much bigger/stronger than Nesbit. Originally I was thinking they played the same position but can easily see them both on the court at the same time. Point being, I don’t think taking one would scare off the other.

My best player comp would be Jawun Morgan, who absolutely killed us because we didn’t have anyone to match up with him. I think he will be a great college player but not sure I see a Kentucky or other blue blood level type player. He’s probably going to go to Kentucky but I think a program of our level is a better fit for him. Would be thrilled to get him.
 
#368      
Memphis insider with a Nesbitt CB to Memphis. 9 confidence
 
#369      
Memphis insider with a Nesbitt CB to Memphis. 9 confidence
Another guy who has a pretty solid track record also put memphis but at a medium. I don't know, I think Nesbitt is still up in the air and not sure of where he wants to go. I wouldn't be surprised if he pushed back his commitment date if he isn't 💯 on a school.
 
#370      
Another guy who has a pretty solid track record also put memphis but at a medium. I don't know, I think Nesbitt is still up in the air and not sure of where he wants to go. I wouldn't be surprised if he pushed back his commitment date if he isn't 💯 on a school.

I think he knows and is telling all schools what they wanna hear. Reminds me of the Massey recruitment on the football side.
 
#372      
Each school seems to be feeling pretty confident at this point. Not sure what to make of that. If the video has already been made, which I am not doubting, why lead on the other two schools?
 
#373      
Each school seems to be feeling pretty confident at this point. Not sure what to make of that. If the video has already been made, which I am not doubting, why lead on the other two schools?

Because each school will leak info in some form, sometimes by offering plan B the next day. Also can make video will multiple endings. Feel good but still put our odds at 40% against the field.
 
#374      
Winged Warrior
Commitment video has been made. He will be committing on Thursday.

 
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