Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of June 21st, 2021)

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BU watching players on a Friday night! We are getting the job done. Visits is a start. Need to cash in on our #2 finish last year!
I’m likely in the deep minority on this, but I’ve seen others refer to Illini as having #2 finish last year and I just think that is wrong. Being number 2 heading into tourney to me isn’t finishing #2. Illini lost in second round of tourney and finished #8 in final standings. Can’t talk about wanting to win the tourney and then just disregard so you can refer to a higher ranking. Illini had a great season that ended with some disappointment. No need to go back to second to last poll to make one feel better about end of season. Illini finished as #8 team in final poll. Nothing wrong with that. OK rant over.
 
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I’m likely in the deep minority on this, but I’ve seen others refer to Illini as having #2 finish last year and I just think that is wrong. Being number 2 heading into tourney to me isn’t finishing #2. Illini lost in second round of tourney and finished #8 in final standings. Can’t talk about wanting to win the tourney and then just disregard so you can refer to a higher ranking. Illini had a great season that ended with some disappointment. No need to go back to second to last poll to make one feel better about end of season. Illini finished as #8 team in final poll. Nothing wrong with that. OK rant over.
I mean we all were disappointed with the loss in the tourney, but we can’t let that detract from a great season where we had two of the best ever to play on our team. Who cares if people mention we were 2 in final regular season poll or whatever ?

I get you though. Think about the highs of the season and respect how much they had to deal with.

Then think about the great players we have returning and on the way.

Belo will be one of the best PGs in the nation.

Trent and Monte are Illini legends.

Podz and Melendez are high volume scorers that fit Underwoods system perfectly.

Plus we will likely add another very good player.
 
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I’m likely in the deep minority on this, but I’ve seen others refer to Illini as having #2 finish last year and I just think that is wrong. Being number 2 heading into tourney to me isn’t finishing #2. Illini lost in second round of tourney and finished #8 in final standings. Can’t talk about wanting to win the tourney and then just disregard so you can refer to a higher ranking. Illini had a great season that ended with some disappointment. No need to go back to second to last poll to make one feel better about end of season. Illini finished as #8 team in final poll. Nothing wrong with that. OK rant over.

True. But those harping on #2 are a small, albeit loud, group. The future is plenty bright enough to not be hanging our hat on finishing the season being ranked #2.
 
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I’m likely in the deep minority on this, but I’ve seen others refer to Illini as having #2 finish last year and I just think that is wrong. Being number 2 heading into tourney to me isn’t finishing #2. Illini lost in second round of tourney and finished #8 in final standings. Can’t talk about wanting to win the tourney and then just disregard so you can refer to a higher ranking. Illini had a great season that ended with some disappointment. No need to go back to second to last poll to make one feel better about end of season. Illini finished as #8 team in final poll. Nothing wrong with that. OK rant over.
I think it’s mostly semantics and depends on your overall outlook. “Team X finished #1” probably gets mentioned by talking heads more than we realize but it hasn’t affected us directly in 16 years.

IMO, the disappointment of last years ending doesn’t diminish that we got back on the national map. We have reason to hold ourselves in high regard and there’s reason to believe we can sustain this success.

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Tinley Park
Wake me when he finally picks. Coaches play games and players play games. Grown up's like us fall for it and hang on every word. Don't let it ruin your life. If you are on here looking for info more than twice a day....you've fallen for it. Your better than that....at least you thought!
We made his final 10.
 
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Tinley Park
I hear a lot about 2023 Matas Buzelis on here. New video to let you know how his summer/recruiting is going!
 
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Tinley Park
I hear a lot about 2023 Matas Buzelis on here. New video to let you know how his summer/recruiting is going!
Trying to understand what he's saying...he might as well be talking Greek!?
 
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Chester (white shirt) front and center court in legendary DeMatha HS gym. Right next to Holtmann.


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Seth Trimble committed to UNC. Great news, in my book, cause I didn't want him at Michigan.
With Howard Michigan talent going threw the roof! Woodson at Indiana has the state kids taking notice again. I see where Penn St. has picked up in their recruiting efforts! We have to work hard just to keep up!
 
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