Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

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Illini92and96

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Have to think Illini coaches were all in on Riley, as most of the other go-to shooters left have already been claimed. Do not see a visit planned for Catchings.
I haven't read anything on this board to suggest the coaches went all in, and why would they need to cater to him? He wants to be an accounting major, and we are tops in that area. Boom.
 
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I think your notion of what it takes to be a lock tourney team is skewed. It's not that high a bar and I'd be extremely disappointed if we didn't make.it even if the roster doesn't change from what it is now.
I think we would have a good chance of making the sweet sixteen with our roster as it stands. If we get Riley, final four is possible.
 
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Are you sure? I thought he was wearing a Cook Jersey on a visit to Duke before doing the hat switch from Illinois, to Kansas, to NBA?! Or Duke? 🤔
Yes, two of biggest misses: Shaun Livingston, who never played a minute at Duke, and Cliff Alexander, who didn't play much more than that at KU. Cliff Levingston, on the other hand, was a super good guy, and a Chicago Bull for a few seasons.
 
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Sleepers guys think Riley goes to Illinois…. Said he reminds them of Matt Mayer… think if we can land this kid that solidifies us as a lock tourney team and competitive for a double buy in the B1G tourney.. I’d consider that a huge success. If we can hold onto the likes of Booth, Kylan, White, Davis etc. than 2025-26 we are a top 10 team with Fears.
Mayer is not a terrible comparison (though I'm sure there's someone more similar). He was actually a pretty good player, even if his attitude and inconsistencies were hard to deal with. I think combined with our problems at PG that year it didn't work out as well as it could have. If Mayer had quality PGs to play with, it would have helped a lot.
 
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Mayer is not a terrible comparison (though I'm sure there's someone more similar). He was actually a pretty good player, even if his attitude and inconsistencies were hard to deal with. I think combined with our problems at PG that year it didn't work out as well as it could have.
Matthew Mayer won some big games for us...When he was hot, he was really hot....He just seemed to kind of disappear at the end of the season.
 
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Mayer is not a terrible comparison (though I'm sure there's someone more similar). He was actually a pretty good player, even if his attitude and inconsistencies were hard to deal with. I think combined with our problems at PG that year it didn't work out as well as it could have. If Mayer had quality PGs to play with, it would have helped a lot.
He's a 6'9" guy who can shoot threes - that's where the comparison kind of starts and stops

Riley has so much more to his game and will likely have a lot more impact on winning
 
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He's a 6'9" guy who can shoot threes - that's where the comparison kind of starts and stops

Riley has so much more to his game and will likely have a lot more impact on winning
Mayer is certainly a lazy comparison. But I think they were talking about what recent Illini player he reminded them of. And in that sense, Mayer's probably the most similar.

I do agree that Riley has way more skills than Mayer. Mayer could (inconsistently) shoot from 3, but beyond that his offensive skills weren't that well-rounded. Riley looks to score in about every way possible. I saw a comment somewhere to the effect that he has every offensive move in the book other than a sky hook.
 
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Agreed. Mayer made those around him worse. Riley makes those around him better. Totally different players.
Mayer was a key piece of a national championship team.

He was just miscast on the Illini because we had atrocious guard play. He was forced into being the primary option in the halfcourt far too while that wasn't his game.

Mayer would have been a stud in the Quincy Guerrier type role where he could provide defense and rim protection while shooting open 3s and slashing to the basket.
 
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Yes, two of biggest misses: Shaun Livingston, who never played a minute at Duke, and Cliff Alexander, who didn't play much more than that at KU. Cliff Levingston, on the other hand, was a super good guy, and a Chicago Bull for a few seasons.
Levingston, along with Austin Carr, were the most impressive pair of forwards I have ever seen play in person in college. They were virtually identical twins relative to the way they played and the skills they possessed. They played a couple of years with Randy Smithson, the son of WSU's head coach Gene Smithson. Gene's brother was also a great player and was my 8th grade coach. It was a special night for me to see all three at our HOF induction in Feb.

That WSU team was good enough to win it all in 1982 but lost to LSU in the Elite Eight. I was able to see them play in the regional that year and was very impressed.
 
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derrick6

Illini Dawg
Seattle
Accounting major…hmm…it all makes sense now
 
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Levingston, along with Austin Carr, were the most impressive pair of forwards I have ever seen play in person in college. They were virtually identical twins relative to the way they played and the skills they possessed. They played a couple of years with Randy Smithson, the son of WSU's head coach Gene Smithson. Gene's brother was also a great player and was my 8th grade coach. It was a special night for me to see all three at our HOF induction in Feb.

That WSU team was good enough to win it all in 1982 but lost to LSU in the Elite Eight. I was able to see them play in the regional that year and was very impressed.
Austin Carr??
 
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Levingston, along with Austin Carr, were the most impressive pair of forwards I have ever seen play in person in college. They were virtually identical twins relative to the way they played and the skills they possessed. They played a couple of years with Randy Smithson, the son of WSU's head coach Gene Smithson. Gene's brother was also a great player and was my 8th grade coach. It was a special night for me to see all three at our HOF induction in Feb.

That WSU team was good enough to win it all in 1982 but lost to LSU in the Elite Eight. I was able to see them play in the regional that year and was very impressed.
Antoine Carr
 
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