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Simpson decision re-opens old wounds, but other targets remain

Simpson decision re-opens old wounds, but other targets remain

By Alex Roux

September 10, 2015


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Maybe I should save myself some time.You see, when a high-profile Illinois basketball recruit sets a date and time to announce his college decision, I have to be prepared. I’ll write two stories in advance of the announcement — one will say the recruit picked the Illini, the other will sa...

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

October 22, 2014


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Is anyone else ready for basketball season to start? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to watch actual Illinois basketball, featuring actual Illini players. You can only do so many fantasy projections of lineups two years down the road, happily plugging in every five-star recruit on John Groce’s...

Coleman-Lands commitment is big step for Illini, Groce

Coleman-Lands commitment is big step for Illini, Groce

September 25, 2014


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Illinois hasn’t had much luck lately with basketball recruits who stage live press conferences for their college announcements. Jalen Brunson and Cliff Alexander both snubbed the Illini during their televised decisions. Quentin Snider chose the Illini during his, but de-committed before he had a chan...

Illini recruiting watch: Elijah Thomas and Jalen Coleman

Illini recruiting watch: Elijah Thomas and Jalen Coleman

September 18, 2014


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A busy basketball weekend on campus just got even busier. Elijah Thomas, one of the best forwards in the country in the Class of 2015, was already set to visit campus this weekend. Now Jalen Coleman, another highly-ranked prospect, is scheduled to join him. Coleman is ranked as an elite combo guard...

Jalen Brunson commits to Villanova over Illinois

Jalen Brunson commits to Villanova over Illinois

September 11, 2014


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Jalen Brunson, widely considered to be the best basketball player in the state of Illinois and one of the best point guards in the country, has committed to Jay Wright and Villanova. Brunson was considering Illinois along with Villanova, but ultimately decided in favor of the Wildcats. He is rated as the...

Illini recruiting watch: Jalen Brunson

Illini recruiting watch: Jalen Brunson

August 28, 2014


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One of the most sought-after basketball recruits in the country will visit the Illinois campus this weekend. Jalen Brunson, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., will take his first official visit of the fall on Aug. 29-31. Illinois head coach John Groce has visits lined...