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Fighting Illini Basketball Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:25 pm
by mhardy_03
Underwood hired as coach. Great hire IMO and it seems to be the consensus among people in the business. This hire brings me back to following Illinois basketball much closer again, thus starting this thread. Hopefully others will join in.

Trent Frazier and Da'Monte Williams stay committed. Frazier could be a pretty exciting player. Williams is Frank Williams' son and is dealing with knee issues, likely redshirting, but when healthy he is a very good player.

Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett decommit. Losing Tilmon sucks, especially in the near term. But he hasn't committed anywhere else, so who knows. Not sure about Pickett as much, heard they mentioned him redshirting and he wasn't having it.

Big announcement coming Wednesday with Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith from Edwardsville. From the sounds of it, it is going to come down to Illinois or Michigan State. Michigan State is obviously the better program at this point with much better near term outlook, but they look at him as a combo guard. He has always been a fan of Illinois and wants to play the point. And this recruitment could also have an effect on Tilmon, so it could be huge.

Either way, the outlook for the team is already better than it has been likely since the 2005-06 season. They have to turn this thing around. The school hadn't gone 4 straight years missing the NCAA tourney like it just did since Lou Henson's first 5 seasons (1975-80).

Re: Fighting Illini Basketball Thread

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:48 pm
by EOCF
Love the Underwood hire as well. Whittman has done this the right way from the start and I think you'll see the fruits of his labor in football and basketball over the next few years.

A better X's and O's guy alone should make Illinois more competitive next year. It's a real shame this had to happen after Malcolm Hill was done. Would've loved to see what he could have done in Underwood's system.

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Re: Fighting Illini Basketball Thread

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:46 pm
by EOCF
Mr. Basketball, Mark Smith commits to Illinois

Huge news news for UI and great news for the Coach Underwood.

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Re: Fighting Illini Basketball Thread

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:56 pm
by mhardy_03
EOCF wrote:Mr. Basketball, Mark Smith commits to Illinois

Huge news news for UI and great news for the Coach Underwood.

Amazing news for Illinois! Huge for Underwood to beat out Michigan State, Ohio State, and Kentucky in what is really his first recruit here.

Re: Fighting Illini Basketball Thread

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 10:13 am
by mhardy_03
Three-star forward Francesco Badocchi commits to Virginia over Illinois

Damn, would have been nice to land him, not only because he is the type of player the team is currently lacking (a big), but also his name is fun to say. :lol:

Brad Underwood issued a plethora of Illinois scholarship offers on Monday

Some pretty interesting guys still possible for next year and some huge name guys in future years.