Illinois fans: "We have to keep our talents in-state"
Also Illinois fans: "Are we sure we want #1 in-state talent Kendall Gill?"
Nobody wants to be 12 or 13th man or would be happy with that role but also it isn't a permanent assignment - players can change their role / position on the team by outworking other players. I have no idea how good Phoenix Gill is but wouldn't blink an eye at offering him a ride and having the conversation that minutes are earned. Based on earlier post about being number 1 player in the state indicates he deserves a look even if his last name isn't Gill.
So #2 then? You can only be ranked against the kids in the class that stay in Illinois. I'll take the #2 kid any day.
I'll play...it seems we were ok with #2 Rez when JB was top ranked...also are you a pass on PG?
Have you seen him play?the number means very little to me
PG: I've been ultra clear on my posts that he falls into the not sure category for me. need to see more. need to see how he fares against better competition. I definitely like his trajectory. right now, he's not an automatic take or a pass. As I've said repeatedly, I hope he answers those questions resoundingly. I'd love him to keep blossoming and be a key part of the team.
If he is the #1 HS player in the state I would take him. I don't care what his name is. Probably a one or two and done.would you take Joe Putz if he was #1? the criteria should be if staff feels the kid can really help the team
used to be, #1 in the state was a no-brainer. nowadays (with a stream of top kids opting for prep schools), not nearly as much. clearly, with a kid like Morez: flippin' no-brainer
I don't disagree with this, but we can also look at the other end of the spectrum in that, those leagues, the defense is just bad. Now I'm sure there are players/teams/games that focus on defense, but I'm just stating what I see.IMO it’s difficult to accurately judge a player that doesn’t consistently play against other potential high/Mid major D1 talents like playing in Eybl,3SSB,UAA or other AAU leagues.
...or that the 'argument' is "Saying he deserves a spot because of daddy is wrong and got us in trouble in the past."
Comprehension is hard, eh?
My post was in response to those stating because he's #1 he should be an automatic take,
People are only looking at this from one point of view.I think people had gotten used to the old days when the #1 player in the state was typically guaranteed to be an elite talent level. It's not really like that anymore with kids opting to move out of state to go play at the more high-profile academies and leagues and things.
Look at the Mr. Basketball winners in this state the last few years. Liddell was the last one that I would've considered a can't-miss college prospect. Even before him you had Mark Smith and Charlie Moore. Both decent college players, but not 'automatic take' kind of players.
I do think being KG's kid matters a lot, so not saying that at all.
My thoughts exactly. This discussion was ridculously boring....or that the 'argument' is "Saying he deserves a spot because of daddy is wrong and got us in trouble in the past."
This staff is amazing at talent identification & recruiting relationships. If he's good enough to play B10 ball and wants to come, I think we all agree to take him.
I'ma need the football season to start soon, we obviously have too much time on our hands.
High school recruiting rankings aren't the most exact science but even if Gill was number 2 behind Fears he has offers from Iowa St and Northwestern too so he's a power conference caliber recruit.
No one in their right mind would not take the number one player in Illinois. With that player's father being one of the best players in history and a great supporter of the program is an added bonus.