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Sencire Harris talks about his visit to Champaign 06.21.21

Sencire Harris talks about his visit to Champaign 06.21.21

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting June 21, 2021 […]

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Catching Up with Owen Freeman - This Time In Illinois 06.19.21

Catching Up with Owen Freeman - This Time In Illinois 06.19.21

Mike Cagley, IlliniGuys At the Midwest Crossroads Showcase in […]

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Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Power Forwards 06.19.21

Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Power Forwards 06.19.21

Connor Cagley, IlliniGuys Basketball Writer  The final position grouping […]

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A 12-team College Football Playoff?  Don't think that it stops there.

A 12-team College Football Playoff? Don't think that it stops there.

By Larry Smith/IlliniGuys.com June 18, 2021 (Editor's note: this […]

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The college football landscape prepares for its biggest shakeup yet

The college football landscape prepares for its biggest shakeup yet

By Larry Smith/IlliniGuys.com June 17, 2021 (Editor's note: this […]

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Q & A with Illini recruit Jalen Hooks 06.16.21

Q & A with Illini recruit Jalen Hooks 06.16.21

By Kedric Prince – IlliniGuys.com Director of Recruiting June […]

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"Why Wait?" -- Malachi Hood talks about his commitment to the Illini 06.15.21

By Kirkland Chappell - IlliniGuys Football Contributor & Kedric […]

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Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Wings

Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Wings

Connor Cagley, Illini Guys Basketball and Recruiting Writer

When it comes to the 2022 recruiting class the Illini aren’t in dire need. This is partly due to the fact the Illini have 3 recruits in the 2021 class who will be getting a majority of their minutes at the shooting guard or small forward positions. With less immediate need at these positions, it means Illinois can be more selective of who they take and it allows for a more specialized recruiting pitch. At this point, when evaluating the wings they are recruiting in this class, three stick out as “sure takes” to my eyes. 

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What they're saying - early June recruiting recap

What they're saying - early June recruiting recap

By Kedric Prince – IlliniGuys.com Director of Recruiting June […]

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“Couldn’t Be More Excited”

“Couldn’t Be More Excited”

New Illini coach Bielema can't wait for a packed […]

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Memorial Stadium open 100% this fall as single-game tickets go on sale

Memorial Stadium open 100% this fall as single-game tickets go on sale

(From the University of Illinois Sports Information Office) June […]

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 The Bielema Effect  

 The Bielema Effect  

By Kirkland Chappell - IlliniGuys Football Contributor June 11, […]

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Illini basketball fans, learn the name Jeremy Fears Jr.

Illini basketball fans, learn the name Jeremy Fears Jr.

By Kedric Prince – IlliniGuys.com Director of Recruiting June […]

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Spotlight on Malachi Hood

Spotlight on Malachi Hood

By Steve Sturm/IlliniGuys Football Contributor June 8, 2021 The […]

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Basketball Recruiting Analysis - A Tale of Two Centers (and a Power Forward)

Basketball Recruiting Analysis - A Tale of Two Centers (and a Power Forward)

One can understand why a true center in the 2021 recruiting class may not have given the Illini a long look. The question of Kofi returning casts a shadow over the roster until the July 7th NBA draft deadline hits.

The class of 2022 should be totally different. Illinois will recruiting with Omar Payne as the only center on the entire roster. The sense of urgency from the Illini staff to find a reliable option in the middle should be something recruits can pick up on. If the staff is getting the right messaging across, recruits should be able to see the opportunity available at this position for Illinois.

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