Recruiting Wrap (November 2012)
The Class of 2014 in Illinois high school boys basketball is shaping up as possibly one of the best the state has seen in some time.
Prospects like Jahlil Okafor from Chicago Whitney Young, Cliff Alexander from Chicago Curie and Keita Bates-Diop from Normal U-High are just a few of the names that are near the top of any list ranking the Class of 2014.
Plenty of Illinois sports had a number of recruits ink letters of intent on Nov. 14.
Even with National Signing Day taking place two weeks ago, we'll take a look each Wednesday during the next four weeks at some of the recruits other Illini teams were able to sign.
First up: women's basketball.
Jacqui Grant had decided on DePaul.
The Shootout at the Hall won't happen in 2012.
Plans are in place, however, for the high school boys basketball event to take place at Assembly Hall in 2013.
They even have a date already booked at the Assembly Hall — Saturday, Dec. 7.
Every week during the prep football season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from week 14 for the few who are still playing, along with notes about Illini basketball recruits that opened their season last week.
In an ode to what my predecessor, Cody Westerlund, unveiled last year at this time, here's a list of 10 recruiting items to be thankful for with Thanksgiving fast approaching. Before the Lions, Cowboys, Jim Nantz, turkey, mashed potatoes, pies and tryptophan become the buzzwords of your world, we'll woo you into relaxation with this list.
Bob Fitzgerald had three short, yet telling words when asked Monday if Keita Bates-Diop's recruitment would peter out now that the highly-regarded junior forward Keita Bates-Diop verbally committed to Ohio State on Sunday.
"I hope so," Bates-Diop's head coach at Normal University (Ill.) High School said.
Of all the statements John Groce made on a Wednesday teleconference about his first recruiting class while he surveyed the scene from the balcony of the team's hotel in Hawaii (82 degrees and sunny by the way on the island compared to 42 and sunny in Champaign-Urbana), one stood out above the rest.