Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of May 1st, 2021)

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Peoria via Denver via Ann Arbor via Albuquerque vi
Do you really think an NBA team is going to draft a former div 3 player with injury history?
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Silver & Gold Vandals
Not to be doom and gloom, but there's a real possibility Hutch goes straight to the NBA and never suits up for the orange and blue.
Heard the all-powerful irreplaceable OA is talking him into going to Kentucky instead of the NBA.
 
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New Orleans
Not sure if this has already been posted: https://bleacherreport.com/articles...-push-ncaa-to-approve-nil-rules-before-july-1

Huge news for our recruiting.
Probably overdue and inevitable, and will work largely to the benefit of the top couple of dozen programs........BUT the handful of top programs with the wealthiest 'Boosters' will be able to game this system to funnel serious money to recruits and players. Any concept of a 'level playing field' in recruiting will cease to exist.
 
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Probably overdue and inevitable, and will work largely to the benefit of the top couple of dozen programs........BUT the handful of top programs with the wealthiest 'Boosters' will be able to game this system to funnel serious money to recruits and players. Any concept of a 'level playing field' in recruiting will cease to exist.
That ceased a looonnnnnnnggggggg time ago. There's no level playing field when certain programs are playing by different rules than others and (largely) not being penalized for it.

I think it will be great for the schools a notch below the blue bloods but with massive, rabid fan bases/alumni networks, i.e., most B1G schools, Texas A&M, etc. All the better for a school -- like Illinois -- that meets that criteria but is a basketball school first and foremost. I'm honestly having trouble thinking of a school that might benefit from this more than Illinois (for basketball), but that's probably just my bias. You raise a good point though -- I'm sure schools will figure out a way to game the system. Might have loads of purchased jerseys just sitting in storage somewhere or NFTs going for ridiculous prices.
 
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New Orleans
That ceased a looonnnnnnnggggggg time ago. There's no level playing field when certain programs are playing by different rules than others and (largely) not being penalized for it.

I think it will be great for the schools a notch below the blue bloods but with massive, rabid fan bases/alumni networks, i.e., most B1G schools, Texas A&M, etc. All the better for a school -- like Illinois -- that meets that criteria but is a basketball school first and foremost. I'm honestly having trouble thinking of a school that might benefit from this more than Illinois (for basketball), but that's probably just my bias. You raise a good point though -- I'm sure schools will figure out a way to game the system. Might have loads of purchased jerseys just sitting in storage somewhere or NFTs going for ridiculous prices.
I agree Illinois will do well under the new system, but, coupled with the new transfer rule, I see a bidding war not only for recruits, but for transfers after the freshman year What kind of offers $$$$$. might a player like Curbelo be seeing right now?
 
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Anybody know where illiniboss33 has been? Kinda want to hear what he knows on recruiting he was right an awful lot and now he is M.I.A .. maybe he was O.A or chin???!
 
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Personally I think these Hutch jokes have run their course. If I were him I'd be pi$$ed that my name has been turned into a punchline. Let's just wait and see how he pans out.
Hopefully Hutch has thicker skin than you. Anytime the media hypes up something that people have not seen yet, this is bound to happen. These jokes are harmless. I think he and his family will survive.

Sports are one of the few fields where you're basically taught to be a professional from an early age. There are far more cruel jokes than people teasing these absurd expectations the media has laid out (e.g. He is the best shooter!, the only person who could keep up with Ayo!,guaranteed starter, etc
 
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