Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of April 5th, 2021)

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I certainly hope not. No offense to the young man, but he's a definite downgrade from Miller. He shot 34.5% (FG) and 27.8% (3PT). Not sure he's what the Illini want. And he's from Cali, so I'll guess he's planning to head back home to PAC-12 country.
Johnny Juzang thinks it might be worth taking a second look.
 
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Me navigating recruiting and trying to stay up to date.
 
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I was thinking Lowell Hamilton was also on some services. Different years.
Back in the day when Street and Smith was the gold standard for college recruiting, Hamilton was number one preseason of his senior year. But his competition was 1A so he was probably overrated.

Liberty on the other hand was dominant and if his high school career had been five years later, he likely would have gone straight to the pros. In college I always thought he just lost some of the edge and confidence that he had in high school.

In both cases it just goes to show that there's a long way from your high school ranking to your college performance.
 
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We trash those going off of topic yet praise people who make up stuff and post it on here because it's what we want to hear and makes us feel good. We're a funny bunch.

Hot take: I would rather hear about people's opinions of whether Nick Smith or Maverick Morgan had better careers in the recruiting thread than reading 98% of the insider comments on here that make no sense or is them just throwing stuff against a wall.
Hard Pass
 
#284      
would be our best recruit ever
Well, wasn't Jereme Richmond the #1 player early in his career?

This kid could still be really good and end up being rated in the 30s and then be just another highly rated recruit. This isn't meant to sound negative or anything; I guess it just depends on his development and the others around him.
 
#285      
Well, wasn't Jereme Richmond the #1 player early in his career?

This kid could still be really good and end up being rated in the 30s and then be just another highly rated recruit. This isn't meant to sound negative or anything; I guess it just depends on his development and the others around him.
Richmond was high, but he was in the 20s I think.
 
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If he reviews his options and decides to come back, we should embrace him. There are more considerations to transfer in college basketball than what is reported publicly. Dee poured his heart out for Illinois and considered leaving Illinois after Self left.

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If he reviews his options and decides to come back, we should embrace him. There are more considerations to transfer in college basketball than what is reported publicly. Dee poured his heart out for Illinois and considered leaving Illinois after Self left.

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There’s a difference between threatening to transfer, and putting your name in the transfer portal. There’s a difference between a guy wanting to leave after a coaching change, and a guy who started every game on a top 5 team as a freshman with NO coaching change. I don’t know how you embrace a guy that has shown multiple times he doesn’t really want to play for you.
 
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There’s a difference between threatening to transfer, and putting your name in the transfer portal. There’s a difference between a guy wanting to leave after a coaching change, and a guy who started every game on a top 5 team as a freshman with NO coaching change. I don’t know how you embrace a guy that has shown multiple times he doesn’t really want to play for you.
Also a guy who, apparently, had no conversations with coaching staff or teammates before putting his name in the portal.
 
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Richmond was high, but he was in the 20s I think.

Not worth arguing or me putting time into looking it up, but I'm like 75% sure he was considered #1 on at least some sites early, early in his HS career. Then dropped.
 
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Impossible when you have people who say something is happening then later act like they were saying something else.

If there was a tool that allowed users to enter their predictions for every player that has a 247 recruiting profile and lock selections so that users can only change their selections every 3 days and log the first prediction and then all predictions within 30 days of the official commitment it could be a lot of fun. Overtime I think it would become more clear who the best 'guessers' are.
 
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What's this even mean? Every player out there has their own set of circumstances EJ and Burnett have nothing to do with Miller's and why some people don't want him back.

Frankly I wasn't incredibly high on acquiring Burnett after he moved on one semester in. Is that alright with you?

It's a far more complex conversation than just saying "well all transfers should be lumped in together".

And it's not just about the fact he decided to transfer it's how he just went out the back door surprising everyone around him.

Not sure how you trust somebody again after that.
As someone who takes calls from recruiters and entertains 3-4 job offers per year but is still with the same employer through it all, I see no reason to fault a player for entering the transfer portal and effectively signaling that he is open to better offers if they exist but when finding out that what he's currently got is the best available being happy to return. Everyone, including NCAA Basketball players, should continuously advocate for themselves. I view this as no different.

Also, why do people type in bullet points these days?
 
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After reading the rules, once a player tells the school he wants to be put in the transfer portal, which in Adam's case, was Thursday around 10A, the school has 2 business days to inform the national transfer portal group. Something must have changed as it is Tuesday and his name is not listed. Maybe rumor of Adam changing his mind has some truth to it. My point here is that it could cause some recruits from declaring to us if Adam is coming back. The TP updates every couple of hours as more players from Tech jump onto the list after Beard left. Just a thought
 
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Just who did Miller tell he wanted to be put in the portal? Is there a specific person he needed to contact? Grasping at straws here, but...
 
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