Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

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Any idea where this gym is??
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TwoElevenEastDaniel

MDW-CMI-MSP-SEA
It’s the Lifetime Fitness that is in the same building (actually the basement) of the Target Center. I used to work out there when I lived in the Cities. The Timberwolves actually used to practice there before they built their new practice center across the street.
Gotta love a Skyway Connected gym when you work in Downtown Minneapolis in the winter.
 
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Strawman much?
Lol. You were the one that threw out the comment regarding Whitman having problems with balancing the budget. I simply pointed out the difficulties in doing this with Whitman having to do so many upgrades for a school that might have had the worst facilities in the B1G. You actually threw out the term "strawman". Incredible!!
 
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skyIdub

Winged Warrior
I was joking, but gum to my head: If he's assured that he'll get drafted, no. Otherwise, probably a 50/50 deal (and that includes the back of the 2nd round most likely). An awful lot hinges on NIL Hopefully, a good deal better than 50/50. Our conference brethren are going to love it.

As others have pointed out, the bond between Papi and Kofi could be huge here.
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So, what is it in these numbers that concerns you so much? I see that the debt went up about $10 million from $16.7 to $26 million in 2016, the year he started as AD, which was quite an increase. I would imagine the many facilities upgrades we've done in recent years had to do with that, as well as the cost of replacing coaches in both major revenue sports. It is also unclear from your link how much of that increase was due to his decisions, and how much due to his predecessor. I think it's noteworthy that the debt increased from $9.7 million (which was around the Big Ten median) to 16.7 million (well above the median) from 2013-2015 - before Whitman took over.

And then that debt amount went back down to $20 million by 2017, and has stayed pretty static around $20-21 million since. In the same time frame, the median Big Ten debt has gone from $10 million to $17 million. That's a 70% increase. So your contention that JW is unable to balance the budget, and is a worse financial manager than the typical Big Ten AD is not supported by this link, unless there's something else here that I'm missing (which I'll admit is entirely possible)
 
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My understanding is that large donations are often done in the form of pledges of collateral for the loans the University takes out. Universities take a loan to get the cash up front. Doners structure the payback in a way that makes sense given their long term financial situation and estate planning.
 
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And then that debt amount went back down to $20 million by 2017, and has stayed pretty static around $20-21 million since. In the same time frame, the median Big Ten debt has gone from $10 million to $17 million. That's a 70% increase. So your contention that JW is unable to balance the budget, and is a worse financial manager than the typical Big Ten AD is not supported by this link, unless there's something else here that I'm missing (which I'll admit is entirely possible)
The athletic department debt was estimated at 325M in mid 2020. I believe that 20M is the annual debt service. It is about 1/6th of the budget.
 
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Welcome to the Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread :illinois:

2022 Illini Recruiting
Sencire Harris (2022 G) committed on July 3rd, 2021, signed on November 10th, 2021.
Jayden Epps (2022 G) committed on July 13th, 2021, signed on November 10th, 2021.
Ty Rodgers (2022 F) committed & signed on November 17th, 2021.

2024 Illini Recruiting
Morez Johnson (2024 PF) committed on November 4th, 2021.
He's a 5 star on Rivals. Now we need to beguile his teammate James Brown.
 
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I think there is a good chance Boswell ends even higher than that.
Boswell or Fears? Which direction do we want to go? I see Boswell has made a campus visit. Was that official?
 
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My understanding is that large donations are often done in the form of pledges of collateral for the loans the University takes out. Universities take a loan to get the cash up front. Doners structure the payback in a way that makes sense given their long term financial situation and estate planning.
Makes sense...so AD "debts" may be a misnomer if the ADs debts are partially being paid with donor installment payments each year.
 
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Boswell or Fears? Which direction do we want to go? I see Boswell has made a campus visit. Was that official?
Fears committed to MSU. From what I've read on this board, the staff is focusing on Boswell and Ames.
 
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