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Yesterday, 09:15 AMSeems like we don't get those guys whether we kiss the ring or not. It may backfire but I'm a fan of not letting Chicago high school coaches dictate as much as the last few guys have.
Well, we used to, and even with a very spotty record the past 17 years or so, two of our very best players in that era were CPL players. I'll believe getting difference makers from other parts of the country is a viable strategy when I see it. I've been following Illini Basketball for 36 years or so. I haven't seen it yet.
Yesterday, 08:29 AMWe don't, at least not the CPL BS.
Our recent CPL kids:
DJW: Washout transfer
Nunn: Domestic violence arrest
Tate: 3rd-string PG type we pressed into far too much service
Henry: Transfer, solid PPG/RPG numbers at DePaul, way too many turnovers, got some minutes in D-League this year
Arnold: A decent backup
Luther: An outstanding recruit...was 16 years ago.
That's 3 separate coaches.
Of the other recruits in that time period, here's the ones I would have wanted in O&B:
Deandre Liggins* (Findlay)
Steve Taylor (being charitable here)
I'm surely missing one or two (and no, I'm not missing Beverley, Rose, Othyus Jeffers, or Cliff), but a chance at one player worth a darn per year isn't worth needless drama from these folks. Of the guys on this list, only Davis, Parker, and Okafor are big-time program-changing type recruits. Three. Three in sixteen years, in a league that's decaying anyway.
Thanks for the 80s and au revoir. Focus on the CCL, suburbs, downstate, STL, Indy, Ohio, the east, and the south.
Not saying you're wrong, but there's definitely some middle ground here. Give us four or so players on that bottom list and we'd have been significantly better the last dozen years. We don't need to bend to every desire of the CPL, but not to value what they can offer wouldn't be a wise strategy (unless we start killing it elsewhere, which we have no consistent history of doing).
Yesterday, 02:38 AM
19 May 2017 - 09:03 AM
18 May 2017 - 05:09 PMOh, I'm not going to disagree with you that I find that appalling
but TV in general has completely gone down the #$%&@!ter over the last 10 years
TV? We're talking "news" here. That seems to touch the pulse of the problem. Trump and his supporters think news is "tv."