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Illini Basketball / Underwood working to revive Illini-Chicago pipeline
« Last post by Beast on June 25, 2018, 06:56:00 PM »
"We love him here in Chicago," Irvin said. "As far as from a recruiting standpoint, you couldn't ask for nothing more than what he's delivered so far.

"Illinois, that's like Chicago's school. It's Chicago's school for the older people that we know. I know Northwestern's thing is they're Chicago's school now, but I'm from the old school. We all know Illinois is our state school. To see him interacting with everybody in Chicago, that's great. That's perfect for the city and for the state. We love his presence here."
Illini Basketball / Re: Kendrick Nunn
« Last post by Original Joe on June 25, 2018, 06:22:12 PM »
WOW - good for Kendrick!  I can't imagine a better scenario for him ... he and his family must be thrilled!

I hope he plays for the Santa Cruz D league team.  I might get a chance to see him play if he lands there  :tounge:
Illini Basketball / Re: Early Big Ten Hoops 2018-19 Power Rankings
« Last post by Big Phil on June 25, 2018, 02:59:17 PM »
I think the ceiling is 7th and the floor is last. Maybe we'll surprise but we cannot count on it
Illini Basketball / Re: Early Big Ten Hoops 2018-19 Power Rankings
« Last post by Beast on June 25, 2018, 01:37:30 PM »
Ive seen us at 13 in most sites, this one is a tad optimistic

Exactly where I'd put them
Illini Basketball / Re: Early Big Ten Hoops 2018-19 Power Rankings
« Last post by Big Phil on June 25, 2018, 01:30:34 PM »
Ive seen us at 13 in most sites, this one is a tad optimistic
Illini Basketball / Re: Early Big Ten Hoops 2018-19 Power Rankings
« Last post by Beast on June 25, 2018, 01:22:04 PM »
Honestly surprised to see Illinois at #12
Illini Basketball / Early Big Ten Hoops 2018-19 Power Rankings
« Last post by Beast on June 25, 2018, 01:18:05 PM »
The NBA Draft has passed, and the coaching carousel appears to have finished spinning. While the transfer market could still provide some movement, the Big Ten now has a pretty clear look of what its rosters will look like during the 2018-19 season, the first in which the Big Ten will play a 20-game conference schedule.

Tom Izzo and John Beilein are back despite conversations with NBA teams. For the first time in years, no new coaches enter the league.

But several of the league's top stars left early for the NBA, including Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop (Minnesota Timberwolves), Michigan big man Moe Wagner (L.A. Lakers), Penn State point guard Tony Carr (New Orleans Pelicans) and Michigan State duo Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets) and Jaren Jackson (Memphis Grizzlies)

So who enters the 2018-19 season as the Big Ten favorite?

The 247Sports Big Ten publishers were polled for their early 2018-19 conference projections, ranked 1-14, and each individual site publisher provided more expert details on each program. Two schools received all of the first-place votes, and three teams did not receive a single-digit vote.

Who is projected to contend and who is projected to struggle? Check out 247Sports early 2018-19 Big Ten projections!


By Derek Piper,

Key returners: Trent Frazier returns as one of the best bucket-getting guards in the league, and he will have an opportunity to further ascend with more court savvy and the development of his right hand. Illinois needs Kipper Nichols to transform from a wildcard to a reliable face to play next to Frazier night in and night out. Look for Da'Monte Williams to take a big step forward as a sophomore given a full offseason and healthy legs. And Aaron Jordan can provide needed value as a three-and-D piece off the bench.

Key losses: Leron Black had a case to be an all-league player last season, and his exit with still a year of eligibility left was a painful one for the Illini to take. Black became a dead-eye midrange scorer, a 51-percent three-point shooter and a player who could make tough shots as well as anyone in the Big Ten. Losing Michael Finke also hurts the Illini frontcourt in regard to experience and scoring capabilities. Illinois also lost 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith, though he had a disappointing single season in Champaign.

Top Newcomer to Watch: So much of the attention and expectations will be put on five-star freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu, and that's for good reason. But Tevian Jones could be the one who has the smoothest transition to the college game. Jones is long and bouncy at 6-foot-7 with an ability to spot up for three or score off the bounce. He can also use his length to make plays in the passing lane on defense.

Biggest reason for optimism: Illinois' stable of guards. Brad Underwood's team is going to be deep at the guard positions with more length, athleticism and shooters than he had in Year One. Andres Feliz and Dosunmu will give the Illini two more ball-handlers who can score and facilitate. And Underwood will have plenty of options off the ball with Nichols, Williams, Jordan, Jones and Alan Griffin.

Biggest reason for concern: Frontcourt full of projects. The Illini could not defend the paint or protect the rim to save their lives last season. They also struggled to keep teams off the offensive glass. They return no players taller than 6-foot-6 and now are forced to rely on under-the-radar recruits Samba Kane and Giorgi Bezhanishvili. The inability to add a fifth-year big could really haunt this team, especially facing a schedule loaded with high-major opponents.
Illini Football / Re: Summer Recruiting Thread
« Last post by Big Phil on June 23, 2018, 01:39:59 PM »
well two of the three guys who insiders say gave us verbals this past weekend are now committed elsewhere. Mitchell just went to Toledo.

Not ideal but still a few lines in the water
Illini Football / Re: Summer Recruiting Thread
« Last post by ctibass on June 23, 2018, 12:15:25 AM »
Picked up another RB commit today:
Nick Fedanzo a 3-Star recruit from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard.  Looks like a good all-around back with size.  Doesn’t have Cumby’s speed, but looks like he’s better at breaking tackles.
Illini Basketball / Re: Semba Kane going home for summer
« Last post by Musson on June 22, 2018, 08:56:00 PM »
I figured it out. 
What was happening, is I was never getting to the page that listed all the “child boards” and all.  So my only option was to hit the orange bar at the bottom of the fields for “new posts” and every reply, no matter the topic, were just all listed there. 

But by mashing the top I-N graphic across the top, it got me to that page and then the updated topics shows so I could select what I wanted to see. 
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