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Hey, we got a Bonnie! I also sat St. Bona lost one of their top players to Transfer U.(Iowa State.)
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Seems like a bunch of St. Bonnie players transferred out and they were a pretty decent team last year. Saw a bunch of their fans at the Charleston Classic.
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Appears to be strong rim protector and solid rebounder. Limited offense but willing to dunk when around the rim. Good pickup for the staff
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(05-14-2022 01:27 PM)NIU89 Wrote:  Appears to be strong rim protector and solid rebounder. Limited offense but willing to dunk when around the rim. Good pickup for the staff

What are we basing this on? He barely played lol
05-16-2022 10:09 AM
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(05-16-2022 10:09 AM)7 Wrote:  
(05-14-2022 01:27 PM)NIU89 Wrote:  Appears to be strong rim protector and solid rebounder. Limited offense but willing to dunk when around the rim. Good pickup for the staff

What are we basing this on? He barely played lol

We're basing it off his JUCO numbers and video of how he plays.

lol...
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2022 10:37 AM by Big Red.)
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(05-11-2022 07:51 AM)Big Red Wrote:  To the best of my knowledge:

Guards
Kaleb Thornton Senior - From Iowa Western Community College
Zion Russell Sophomore
David Coit JUCO Freshman Atlantic Cape CC
Keshawn Williams Junior - From Tulsa
Taku Youngblood Incoming Freshman St. Thomas More
Armandas Plintauskas Incoming Freshman BC Nevėžis
Zarique Nutter JUCO Freshman Clarendon College
Darweshi Hunter Senior - Weber State

Forwards
Anthony Crump Senior - Middle Tennessee State
Xavier Amos Incoming Freshman Whitney Young HS (Chicago)
Yanic Niederhauser Incoming Freshman Ehingen Uprising

That's 11 players.

So, assuming Mitchell isn't coming to NIU (which, at this point, I'm not sure but if he is...there's definitely room for him and his Twitter profile pic is still of him in a Huskie uniform), Coach needs to fill two more spots.

We're crazy thin on the post. I actually quite like our guard collection. But we have neither depth nor experience in the post outside of Anthony Crump (who as always been listed as a guard but has played inside for Burno and there's simply no way he's not going to be a forward going...well....forward).

I really wish Burno could have gotten Jerome Palm (JUCO). I have no idea how good he might be but I guarantee we could have used his size. And some of those offers have been there a long time so you wonder about the shelf life and if there's any communication there anymore.

I will say that I liked the video of the Russian kid (Panov). He's strong and athletic. I've also liked Anthony Roy this whole time.

Adding those two would be real nice but it doesn't really help us add size on the post. Both Amos and Niederhauser are tall, but you'd have to expect some growing pains if they're going to be counted on for substantial minutes. Maybe not. Maybe Amos comes in and dominates right out of the gate. Obviously, Sparks did so for Ball State last year but he wasn't alone in the post and is still a bit of a unicorn.

Added "class" and "transfer from" to the above roster. Hope I got it correct.
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ISU hitting the state of Illinois hard.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/5/17/2...us-burford
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(Yesterday 05:27 PM)niu16 Wrote:  ISU hitting the state of Illinois hard.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/5/17/2...us-burford

Personally, this is for the fans.

Recruiting strong in Illinois is overrated and, unless you're getting the actual top recruits from the state (fyi, ISU isn't), then you might as well be recruiting from anywhere.

I'm not even sure it would guarantee players stick around and not jump as soon as they get the chance.

I mean, they're best player, Antonio Reeves, went to HS at Simeon and just transferred to Kentucky.

ISU wasn't very good last year and has a lot of holes to fill. They're good for that and can actually play basketball as opposed to some of the guys Monty was bringing in at the end...that's for sure.

But it's nothing to get excited about from our perspective.
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Not to start a debate, but this could be an "investment" attempt to try to establish ISU as THE place to consider within Illinois for some of the better, future Illinois HS talent.*

If you go back through the threads criticizing the departed Mark Montgomery, a number were directed at his failure to establish links to HS coaches and schools in Illinois, particularly the Chicago area. And despite Burno's DePaul connections, his recruits are coming from elsewhere, including heavy reliance on "imports." I hope Burno is doing quietly what ISU is doing publicly.

Despite this viewpoint, I like Burno's strategy even though it appears to somewhat resemble a quick-fix to get some bigger numbers in the wins column. Winning solves -- or at least masks -- weaknesses in a program that has devolved over past years. Win a bunch of games and recruiting may become easier.

BTW, thanks for keeping track of this. IMO the upcoming season will reveal much more about where the program is headed. That first Burno season was more about getting through it.

*Footnote: In past years -- tho not doing this any more -- I noted on wbb threads that the top wbb talent coming out of Illinois was going elsewhere, usually out-of-state, so that "field" appears open also. Shauna Green was named new HC at Illinois in March; no word on her strategy.
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Between Monty and Patton, the Chicago area was hardly mined at all. I do think Monty suffered from the after effects of Patton burning bridges in Illinois.
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