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Illini hoops recruiting settles into a lull

Illini hoops recruiting settles into a lull

By Alex Roux

October 6, 2015

For the first time since classes started, a weekend devoid of any basketball recruiting visits came and went on the Illinois campus.Sometimes recruits take official visits, other times they’re unofficial. We’ve seen them scheduled far in advance, and others have materialized at what seems like the...

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...