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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

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...

Simpson spurns Illini: Groce loses another point guard

Simpson spurns Illini: Groce loses another point guard

By Alex Roux

September 9, 2015

Xavier Simpson, the No. 66 player in ESPN’s Top 100 in the class of 2016, has committed to Michigan over Illinois.The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Simpson chose Michigan over Illinois, Miami, Wisconsin and Iowa State. He announced the decision Wednesday afternoon at his high school in Lima, Ohio.Simpson t...

Groce can’t let point guard history repeat itself

Groce can’t let point guard history repeat itself

By Alex Roux

September 1, 2015

Recruiting is tricky.Every year, coaches have to deal with the delicate task of evaluating players and identifying who they can realistically devote their time and resources toward. This must be done while also balancing the intentions and motivations of those young athletes with a limited number of sch...

Simpson and Sneed wrap up visits, Simpson decision may come soon

Simpson and Sneed wrap up visits, Simpson decision may come soon

By Alex Roux

August 30, 2015

When Illini basketball targets Xavier Simpson and Xavier Sneed attended Friday night’s Illinois volleyball game, it was hard to tell that synchronous official visits were happening under the direction of basketball coach John Groce.Simpson took in the first couple of sets with his father and Illinois assistant co...

Groce set to host a double dose of Xavier

Groce set to host a double dose of Xavier

By Alex Roux

August 25, 2015

Most popular athletes have cool nicknames.“Air Jordan.” “King James.” Anthony “Sizzle Chest” Rizzo is my personal favorite.So when it was announced that 2016 basketball recruits Xavier Sneed and Xavier Simpson would take official visits this upcoming weekend to the Illinois campus, the lo...