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Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Centers

Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Centers

With Illinois probably adding their 3rd, and final, assistant coaching position later this week (for the sake of Illini fandom sanity), it should become clear which recruits will be prioritized in the coming weeks.

In my last article I covered the point/lead guard because I believe it’s probably the biggest need moving forward. After that, it looks like center might be the most important. The last few years Illinois has been spoiled by having Kofi Cockburn as the aircraft carrier in the paint who absolutely dominates that position.

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“I'm playing with a chip on my shoulder” - Reggie Bass

“I'm playing with a chip on my shoulder” - Reggie Bass

The other half of the Illini's class of 2022, Reggie Bass, is not going anywhere.  How do we know?  He said so publicly at a recent AAU event.  And, he is out to prove naysayers wrong. 

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Top freshman phenom Jahki Howard receives an Illinois offer

Top freshman phenom Jahki Howard receives an Illinois offer

"I received a call from Coach Chester Frazier. He offered me a scholarship to play basketball at Illinois. This puts me at nine offers so far," Howard said. ... “I know Coach Frazier. He's a really good coach. I want to build a great relationship with him,” Howard said.

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Catching Up with Anthony Black

Catching Up with Anthony Black

At the NY2LA Lone Star Invitational tourney in Dallas, I had a chance to catch up with Anthony Black. Black is a 6'7" PG/SG for the 3D Empire 17U team. Currently, he is ranked #74 by Rivals and #85 for 247 for the 2022 class. Based on the play he's demonstrated recently, Black is going to get a rocket strapped to his back and shoot up the rankings in the near future. 

Anthony is a player that can play the 1, 2, 3, or 4 position depending upon the matchup. He has the ability to bring the ball up against pressure, shoot the three, drive and has a solid midrange game. He is also is a determined defender who can leverage bigger players and has the length to guard smaller players. His basketball IQ is off the charts. 

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Catching Up with JJ Taylor

Catching Up with JJ Taylor

At the NY2LA Lone Star Invitational tourney in Dallas, I had a chance to catch up with JJ Taylor. Taylor is a 6'8" G/F for the Mac Irvin Fire 16U team. Currently, he is ranked #21 by Rivals and #8 by 247 for the 2023 class.

JJ has the ability to shoot the deep three. His range is impressive. He is also dynamite in the open court and takes the ball to basket often and with intensity. Here's what he had to say. 

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Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Guards

Basketball Recruiting Analysis - 2022 Guards

Setting aside the hiring of our 3rd assistant coach, Illinois basketball's biggest question for the future is how can they capitalize on the recruiting trail. Getting on the trail and finding impact players for 2022 should be prioritized. Building these relationships will be key, and while other teams may have a “head start” with our staff just now being completed, this recruiting cycle is truly unprecedented due to the COVID restrictions for the last 15 months.

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Spotlight on Luke Zardzin

Spotlight on Luke Zardzin

By Steve Sturm/IlliniGuys Football Contributor May 26, 2021 Illinois […]

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Catching Up with Owen Freeman and Ty Pence

Catching Up with Owen Freeman and Ty Pence

At the NY2LA Lone Star Invitational tourney in Dallas, had a chance to catch up with Owen Freeman. Owen is a 6'10" F from the 16U MidPro Academy team.

Owen is an athletic big man who has worked to develop the ball handling and passing skills that aren't often seen by many 4s and 5s in today's game.

At the same NY2LA Lone Star Invitational tourney in Dallas, also had a chance to catch up with Owen's teammate, Ty Pence. Ty is a 6'6" G for the MidPro Academy 16U team. 

Ty is an athletic big guard with hops who has a long range three point shot to go with solid ballhandling skills.

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New Illini assistant coach Alexander sees his dreams become reality

New Illini assistant coach Alexander sees his dreams become reality

"The University of Illinois is my dream job.  It's my pinnacle job.  It's what I watched growing up.  It's what I know.  I think it's the best of the best."  Alexander says he got the coaching bug after attending the 1991 NCAA championship game in Indianapolis with his dad, when Duke defeated Kansas for the school's first title.  He played for his dad at Lincoln and, after two years at a junior college in Iowa, he went to play at Western Illinois, where he would meet an assistant coach who would change his life - a guy named Brad Underwood.

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Catching Up with AJ Casey

Catching Up with AJ Casey

At the NY2LA Lone Star Invitational tourney in Dallas, I had a chance to catch up with AJ Casey.

Casey is a 6'8" F for the Meanstreets 17U team. Currently, he is ranked #21 by Rivals and #20 by 247 for the 2022 class. 

Recently, rumors had it that Casey was willing to look at the Illini after a period of time where he didn't show a lot of interest. After his Meanstreets team played well this weekend, he was kind enough to spare a few minutes to talk basketball with an IlliniGuy.

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Coaching through and lessons learned during COVID

Coaching through and lessons learned during COVID

By Kirkland Chappell/IlliniGuys Football Contributor May 24, 2021 As […]

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New offer should be coming for 2022 guard

New offer should be coming for 2022 guard

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

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