Scholarship Grid

#28      
Does Shannon have 2 yrs. eligibility left?
Yes, but I seem to remember reading when he committed that Illini and Shannon decided that team has “option” to cut bait after one year. Not sure how that would work, and can’t remember hearing that with other player in past. Pretty sure I read that, though maybe I’m just crazy. Obviously, Shannon can leave after one year.
 
#29      
Yes, but I seem to remember reading when he committed that Illini and Shannon decided that team has “option” to cut bait after one year. Not sure how that would work, and can’t remember hearing that with other player in past. Pretty sure I read that, though maybe I’m just crazy. Obviously, Shannon can leave after one year.

This is his fourth year and then he has the free Covid year. Players get eligibility for the Covid year but teams aren’t obligated to keep players beyond the 4 years.
 
#30      
I would think if we have a deep run that we will lose Mayer and Shannon and possibly lose Clark, RJ and Hawk. Players would be knocking at the door to want to play here if we get several guys drafted. We have the staff to play big boy recruiting and the future is now.
 
#33      
Yes, but I seem to remember reading when he committed that Illini and Shannon decided that team has “option” to cut bait after one year. Not sure how that would work, and can’t remember hearing that with other player in past. Pretty sure I read that, though maybe I’m just crazy. Obviously, Shannon can leave after one year.
I can understand why you find that peculiar. Or maybe mysterious would be a better word.
 
#34      
This has to be the most talent we've had 1 through 12 in the last 50 years at least and I don't think it's particularly close

Even our best teams weren't that deep, this is going to be fun to watch
I love the smell of orange Kool-Aid in the morning.
I agree about the talent depth. I also understand the pressure Underwood will feel. I think several games--if not many--will surprise us re: lineup juggling. As the old saying goes, there ain't but one ball.
 
#36      
Those Bill Self teams were definitely deeper than this upcoming one. Maybe people are drinking kool aid and expecting all of the incoming freshmen class to step right in and be impact players, but it rarely works out so easily. I would say based on recruiting pedigree that Clark and Rodgers should be expected to be key contributors next year, you hope that Epps will be and you wait on see on the other two.
 
#37      
Those Bill Self teams were definitely deeper than this upcoming one. Maybe people are drinking kool aid and expecting all of the incoming freshmen class to step right in and be impact players, but it rarely works out so easily. I would say based on recruiting pedigree that Clark and Rodgers should be expected to be key contributors next year, you hope that Epps will be and you wait on see on the other two.
I agree. Those 2000-2002 teams were as deep as the upcoming roster with proven players. 2000-2001 should have been National Champs
 
#38      
Some updates for the grid for 2023 recruits that went elsewhere:
Asa Thomas to Clemson
Dai Dai Ames to KSU
Rodney Gallagher to WVU
Jahnathan-Lamothe to MD
Matt Buzelis -> Pro
Brandon Gardner to SJU
Gus Yalden WIS
 
#40      
Appreciate all you do keeping up with this @BMoreIllini ...

Figured I'd help out and list some 2023 commitments ...

Rodney Gallagher is committed to West Virginia to play football

RJ Jones is committed to Kansas State

Cameron Christie is committed to Minnesota

Devin Royal is committed to Ohio State

Gehrig Normand is committed to Michigan State

Jamie Kaiser is committed to Maryland

Ty Pence is committed to Illinois State

Kwame Evans Jr is committed to Oregon

Xavier Booker is committed to Michigan State

Omaha Billew is committed to Iowa State

Ugonna Kinglsey Onyenso has reclassified to 2022 and committed to UK
 
#41      

BMoreIllini

Baltimore, MD
Appreciate all you do keeping up with this @BMoreIllini ...

Figured I'd help out and list some 2023 commitments ...

Rodney Gallagher is committed to West Virginia to play football

RJ Jones is committed to Kansas State

Cameron Christie is committed to Minnesota

Devin Royal is committed to Ohio State

Gehrig Normand is committed to Michigan State

Jamie Kaiser is committed to Maryland

Ty Pence is committed to Illinois State

Kwame Evans Jr is committed to Oregon

Xavier Booker is committed to Michigan State

Omaha Billew is committed to Iowa State

Ugonna Kinglsey Onyenso has reclassified to 2022 and committed to UK
Updated! Thanks Indy!
 
#42      
This is his fourth year and then he has the free Covid year. Players get eligibility for the Covid year but teams aren’t obligated to keep players beyond the 4 years.

Does that mean that 22-23 isn't his +1 on the scholarship grid? Guess I don't understand how the +1 is being handled. Does it not kick in until the player uses it in year 5?
 
#43      
Does that mean that 22-23 isn't his +1 on the scholarship grid? Guess I don't understand how the +1 is being handled. Does it not kick in until the player uses it in year 5?
Yes, +1 means he still has the option to come back for one more year (after 22-23) because of covid.

For contrast, Mayer exercised his covid year option to transfer here so there is no +1 by his name.

That being said, hopefully TSJ has an amazing year and gets drafted so he won't have to use his extra year when all is said and done
 
#45      
I'm not sure we're as deep as some are saying. Our best teams in the past couple decades or so, have had future NBA players, a couple with multiple guys. Some of those have been for-sure first rounders (Cook, Deron, Frankie, Leonard) that we weren't sure would come back for jr/sr years. Others were likely or borderline.

You can make a case that we have that much talent --I think there are guys that will make the league. That said, the early mocks I've seen either don't have anyone, or are pretty far down.
 
#46      
I'm not sure we're as deep as some are saying. Our best teams in the past couple decades or so, have had future NBA players, a couple with multiple guys. Some of those have been for-sure first rounders (Cook, Deron, Frankie, Leonard) that we weren't sure would come back for jr/sr years. Others were likely or borderline.

You can make a case that we have that much talent --I think there are guys that will make the league. That said, the early mocks I've seen either don't have anyone, or are pretty far down.
I think the excitement comes from having so many athletics that have NBA physical attributes. We have raw material we haven’t had in a long time and we are confident in our staff to develop them. My logic tells me that we are a year away from having a great team but my Orange aid says we will be there this year. We will get more realistic (or not) when the season starts. Right now we are undefeated.