Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

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Joel Goodson

dawgville
This staff does not put all its eggs in one basket.

Its a huge amount of work but we contact recruits all over the world. I can only imagine how many hundreds of kids are on Illini recruiting board.

"hundreds of kids" don't get offers

2 more things:
1) recruiting is a huge part of their jobs (which they're compensated for extremely well); and
2) you have a penchant for stating the obvious: "This staff does not put all its eggs in one basket."
 
#253      
No I know what you meant, I was just stating this in general. With the way the stuff has been coming through, I'm not sure why anyone would be upset. No doubt he could become a nice player but I'd be willing to bet every player in the '23 and '24 class is ranked higher than him. Obviously rankings don't mean everything but from what I heard staff cooled on him quickly.
You'd bet every player is rated better than the 51st rated player in the 2024 class and that he for sure would have been "recruited over'? ZZ Clark is definitely not going to be ranked higher than him and we have people going crazy over the 68th rated player in the 2022 class...

Lol, it's ok to admit we don't get every single player without having to talk smack about teenagers.

Good luck to him, even if I hope he loses every Illinois-Iowa game.
 
#254      

Joel Goodson

dawgville
You'd bet every player is rated better than the 51st rated player in the 2024 class and that he for sure would have been "recruited over'? ZZ Clark is definitely not going to be ranked higher than him and we have people going crazy over the 68th rated player in the 2022 class...

Lol, it's ok to admit we don't get every single player without having to talk smack about teenagers.

Good luck to him, even if I hope he loses every Illinois-Iowa game.

Highly doubt he maintains that ranking, but, nevertheless, your points are spot on.
 
#255      
"hundreds of kids" don't get offers

2 more things:
1) recruiting is a huge part of their jobs (which they're compensated for extremely well); and
2) you have a penchant for stating the obvious: "This staff does not put all its eggs in one basket."

It’s noteworthy because it seemed at times that the previous two staffs did just that. To be fair, maybe a couple baskets — but they seemed unable to recover if they lost on their top 1-2 targets. The current staff seems to always have another trip up their sleeve.
 
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Joel Goodson

dawgville
It’s noteworthy because it seemed at times that the previous two staffs did just that. To be fair, maybe a couple baskets — but they seemed unable to recover if they lost on their top 1-2 targets. The current staff seems to always have another trip up their sleeve.

Groce was pretty darn good at ID-ing guys, but closing was another story. Our current staff is like a Ferrari, especially in comparison.
 
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Joel Goodson

dawgville
Groce was pretty darn good at ID-ing guys, but closing was another story. Our current staff is like a Ferrari, especially in comparison.

One more thought: It's one thing to maintain a program, but it's quite another to elevate a program. That Underwood has bootstrapped the program from utter mediocrity to a top 15 program is a testament to his abilities.
 
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Highly doubt he maintains that ranking, but, nevertheless, your points are spot on.
This is what I'm alluding to. I doubt ZZ stays that low and Koch stays that high. 51st seems extremely high for a kid who doesn't jump off the page in any aspect of the game but IQ. could be his dad? Iowa is getting a great kid. I don't mean to sound bitter, I'm just perfectly fine with what we will bring in
 
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Some will even do a triple take when Fears can taste Skyy Clark's future kids after getting posterized.

Choking Excuse Me GIF
 
#268      
Just catching up on the board. Seems like, in summary, somewhere in the telephone chain someone heard "we're looking good with Amani" and translated that to "we're looking good with Emoni."
No...no...I said we'd all look good in *Armani*!
 
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(A little OT, but…)

I feel like this picture perfectly & completely sums up miznoz basketball…

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Is this the guy from The Office that Dwight thinks is a hobbit??

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Not sure Illini fans would have a great reaction if we were pulling the class Iowa appears to be

I mean, we are all seeing this right? It’s not just me? Are we going to find out Fran owns stock in a cloning facility somewhere??
 
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