Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

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Paducah, Ky

Swedish 7'2 moves well, has a good looking shot, doesn't seem overly athletic in this, but was offered by Frazier.
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He's from Sveden..................
 
#105      
Forgottonia
No, let's not shame people for questioning an illegitimate looking website in 2021 where we all receive multiple spam calls every day. If you don't want people to discourage its use, try using spellcheck when creating the website. As someone who works in IT, I would immediately suspect this site for phishing/scamming. If the university can't afford someone to make a better site than that, we have bigger problems. I could make a better looking site in an afternoon. If it walks, talks, and quacks like a duck...
Orrrr… maybe check something out yourself before calling a site that is beneficial to the programs we love a scam??

Maybe, as a fan, you’d be willing to help the guy for an afternoon? 🙂

Btw, the university has nothing to do with it nor can they. They can and did verify it’s legit.
 
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More from actual play.
Thing that stood out to me is he can pass and is a basketball player. However, not sure how good the competition is he’s playing against, so not sure how good a basketball player he is. I don’t know what Garza looked like at this age, but other than seeming to lack quickness, I see very little comparison between the two them. Wouldn’t be a bad project (looks more advanced to me than Lieb did), but I’d be a little worried if they don’t bring in another big too — either from HS or portal.
 
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Thing that stood out to me is he can pass and is a basketball player. However, not sure how good the competition is he’s playing against, so not sure how good a basketball player he is. I don’t know what Garza looked like at this age, but other than seeming to lack quickness, I see very little comparison between the two them. Wouldn’t be a bad project (looks more advanced to me than Lieb did), but I’d be a little worried if they don’t bring in another big too — either from HS or portal.
I'm pretty confident if HS recruiting doesn't work out and Kofi leaves, someone very good in the transfer portal will see the gaping hole he leaves in our roster and take advantage of that.

I also like Payne, and think he can start in 2022.
 
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I'm pretty confident if HS recruiting doesn't work out and Kofi leaves, someone very good in the transfer portal will see the gaping hole he leaves in our roster and take advantage of that.

I also like Payne, and think he can start in 2022.
At the same time there was a lot of confidence on here that we'd clean up in the transfer portal this offseason. We missed out on a bunch of high profile names (Burnett, Garcia, Franklin, Mitchell, I'm probably forgetting others), got two players who project to be coming off the bench, and lost one starter from last year. Not a terrible result, and I think you can argue either side of whether the transfer portal improved our team or made it worse, but I hardly think it lived up to the hype.
 
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Orrrr… maybe check something out yourself before calling a site that is beneficial to the programs we love a scam??

Maybe, as a fan, you’d be willing to help the guy for an afternoon? 🙂

Btw, the university has nothing to do with it nor can they. They can and did verify it’s legit.
I did check it out and it looked like a literal textbook phishing site at the time. I can see it's changed since then and is getting updated, we'll see how it ends up.

I would actually be happy to help, let me know how.
 
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At the same time there was a lot of confidence on here that we'd clean up in the transfer portal this offseason. We missed out on a bunch of high profile names (Burnett, Garcia, Franklin, Mitchell, I'm probably forgetting others), got two players who project to be coming off the bench, and lost one starter from last year. Not a terrible result, and I think you can argue either side of whether the transfer portal improved our team or made it worse, but I hardly think it lived up to the hype.
It wasn’t their choice
 
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At the same time there was a lot of confidence on here that we'd clean up in the transfer portal this offseason. We missed out on a bunch of high profile names (Burnett, Garcia, Franklin, Mitchell, I'm probably forgetting others), got two players who project to be coming off the bench, and lost one starter from last year. Not a terrible result, and I think you can argue either side of whether the transfer portal improved our team or made it worse, but I hardly think it lived up to the hype.

While we didn’t knock it out of the park, the transfer portal on balance helped us. Plummer and Payne should absolutely help. That said, Obanor or the Umass PF would have been perfect and put us in everyone’s top 5.
 
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While we didn’t knock it out of the park, the transfer portal on balance helped us. Plummer and Payne should absolutely help. That said, Obanor or the Umass PF would have been perfect and put us in everyone’s top 5.
I agree, I think we did fine. I just don't think it was the game changer for us a lot of people expected, and for that reason I'm tempering my expectations that it will be the game changer for us this following offseason or the one after. I think the transfer portal functions largely like any other kind of recruiting, so if we're not landing the most sought after prep recruits, we're probably going to have the same issues with the most sought after transfers as well.
 
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At the same time there was a lot of confidence on here that we'd clean up in the transfer portal this offseason. We missed out on a bunch of high profile names (Burnett, Garcia, Franklin, Mitchell, I'm probably forgetting others), got two players who project to be coming off the bench, and lost one starter from last year. Not a terrible result, and I think you can argue either side of whether the transfer portal improved our team or made it worse, but I hardly think it lived up to the hype.
Don't forget though we'd have multiple successful years to show to recruits! They will see that they are coming to a powerhouse and continuing a legacy that was revamped by Ayo and Kofi and others like Damonte and Trent! And continuing with Curbelo and other stars waiting to show off this year!
 
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I must say - our transfer portal recruiting is lightyears better now than what it was early on in Underwood's tenure. To go from our last second pickups of...
Alstork and Adonis De Rosa...

to Feliz and now... Plummer and Omar Payne.

The fact that a lot of fans seemed underwhelmed by our pickup of the Pac-12 single game 3 point record holder and a former 5* recruit (Payne)... things are looking bright
 
#124      
I must say - our transfer portal recruiting is lightyears better now than what it was early on in Underwood's tenure. To go from our last second pickups of...
Alstork and Adonis De Rosa...

to Feliz and now... Plummer and Omar Payne.

The fact that a lot of fans seemed underwhelmed by our pickup of the Pac-12 single game 3 point record holder and a former 5* recruit (Payne)... things are looking bright
Transferring is light years different. Really can't compare.
 
#125      
Like this guy!
Gotta believe some of the problem getting recruits has to do with our current deep roster. Are you going to see playing time if Kofi and Payne are on next years roster? If you are not a ***** star it is not likely. The only weakness most of us see is at the 4 and Grandison and Hawk are probably undervalued on this board. May also be a Goode surprise waiting. Pretty happy with this roster and think we have a solid base for 22-23.
 
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