Recruiting

Recruiting

Dudek ends waiting game

Wait and possibly pick up other offers.

Commit and end the recruiting process.

Mike Dudek chose the latter option, and in doing so, became the third Illinois football commit in the Class of 2014.

Illinois had offered a scholarship to the speedy wide receiver from Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School in early March.

81st N-G All-State POY: Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.

Dawson on Groce, Calipari and more

Brett Dawson covered the last McDonald’s All-American to flourish at Illinois.

Bill Self brought in Dee Brown, who had the type of career with the Illini that future players would love to emulate.

The former Illinois men’s basketball beat writer for The News-Gazette is now covering a program that is redefining what it means to bring in top recruiting classes.

All-State POY finalists

On Sunday, we’ll unveil our All-State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Before the envelope is handed out, here are five candidates, listed alphabetically, in the running for the honor.

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Chicago Curie

Jackson: 'It was a very difficult decision'

Demetrius Jackson just smiled.

The point guard from Marian (Ind.) High School in Mishawaka didn’t flinch, grimace or ignore the topic.

Even though it probably wasn’t the No. 1 subject the McDonald’s All-American point guard wanted to talk about.

Dudek commits to Illinois

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh both stressed two areas last Friday.

The importance of recruiting Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

And picking up some wide receivers for the Class of 2014.

Illinois hit on both areas Wednesday night.

McDonald's All-American game primer

Hundreds of media types, players, coaches and key figures on the high school basketball landscape filled the second level of the United Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The occasion? Media day for the McDonald’s All-American game.

For any Illinois fans wanting to watch any future players John Groce will have at his disposal next year, sorry, you’re out of luck.

Tate: Groce on the prowl

“We recruit every day. A guy I worked for said, ‘It’s like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, you’ll look pretty shabby.’ ” — Illini coach John Groce

Groce always looks clean-shaven, from his chin to the top of his head.

McDonald's All-American Game report

HQ recruiting blogger Matt Daniels is attending today's McDonald's All-American Game media day in Chicago.

He'll provide updates via twitter. Follow along all day here.

Groce Q&A

John Groce will deal with reporters one last time before heading to the Final Four in Atlanta. Today's news conference is scheduled to start at noon at Memorial Stadium.

Beat writer Marcus Jackson will be on hand and providing twitter updates. Follow along here.