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(2017) SF Kris Wilkes to UCLA

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The Waters loss is much more disappointing for me than Wilkes. Waters is a three year player at a much needed and more important position. Wilkes is a one and done. The fallout from the loss on Waters is that we'll likely get another combo guard, so we'll have an enormous log jam of average sized shooting guards without anyone capable of handling the ball and running the offense.

Losing out on Wilkes sucks because he's an instate kid and is an emotional representation of a shutout loss on a very talented instate class. Not only that, but we wasted a lot of time recruiting him. As soon as he made his desires of being a one and done clear, we should have said good luck and gone our separate ways.

Taking emotions out of it, the actual fallout from Wilkes isn't that bad. Crean has a good record of finding underrated wings, like OG and Morgan. He won't have a problem finding another wing. We have enough scoring guards, one or two of them is bound to pan out. We need legit point guards and big men!

I think the most frustrating thing here is the amount of time we waste on players who want to be one and done, then after a year of recruitment we get turned down because we aren't a good fit. Just stay away from these sort of players all together. I wouldn't bother with Preston either.

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17 minutes ago, akhosrof said:

The Waters loss is much more disappointing for me than Wilkes. Waters is a three year player at a much needed and more important position. Wilkes is a one and done. The fallout from the loss on Waters is that we'll likely get another combo guard, so we'll have an enormous log jam of average sized shooting guards without anyone capable of handling the ball and running the offense.

Losing out on Wilkes sucks because he's an instate kid and is an emotional representation of a shutout loss on a very talented instate class. Not only that, but we wasted a lot of time recruiting him. As soon as he made his desires of being a one and done clear, we should have said good luck and gone our separate ways.

Taking emotions out of it, the actual fallout from Wilkes isn't that bad. Crean has a good record of finding underrated wings, like OG and Morgan. He won't have a problem finding another wing. We have enough scoring guards, one or two of them is bound to pan out. We need legit point guards and big men!

I think the most frustrating thing here is the amount of time we waste on players who want to be one and done, then after a year of recruitment we get turned down because we aren't a good fit. Just stay away from these sort of players all together. I wouldn't bother with Preston either.

Its too late to back off of Preston because now Crean has put us in a position that we need a 1 and done type talent to compete next year. 

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We haven't actually seen anyone come out and say that though


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Bozich and Daniels are pretty trustworthy. On top of Pap saying the decision is the 13th because of TV, I'm comfortable saying this is over.


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14 minutes ago, Hovadipo said:

 


Bozich and Daniels are pretty trustworthy. On top of Pap saying the decision is the 13th because of TV, I'm comfortable saying this is over.


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Yeah all signs are pointing to UCLA, but no one has actually "leaked" that Wilkes will choose UCLA. Who knows what happens two weeks from now. Keeping expectations down, but I'm saying there's a chance haha

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Yeah all signs are pointing to UCLA, but no one has actually "leaked" that Wilkes will choose UCLA. Who knows what happens two weeks from now. Keeping expectations down, but I'm saying there's a chance haha


He has already informed Indiana and Illinois that he is going to UCLA. It's done

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On 10/27/2016 at 3:44 PM, Alford Bailey said:

We have to work really hard and even some top recruits that we have landed it seems like it was a tough decision to come to IU. Wish we could get a couple 5 star targets to pop for us quickly like some of the lesser ranked recruits do.

Bozich's tweet said Indiana is out of the recruitment. 

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I'd love to be a fly on the wall with our staff when they found out.

I'd like to know how surprised they were with this news or if they saw it coming.

He was our top recruiting priority without a doubt.

If we could pull Preston we would get a better talent.




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We just have to think, the 16-17 season hasn't even started yet. Who knows how this season is going to turn out. No one knows who's going to the NBA, no one knows what grad transfers will be available next year. We'll just have to wait and see. This year should be awesome though, let's take it 1 season at a time


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Kris made the decision that he felt was best for himself. I think if he is a "normal" recruit he ends up at IU. But his parents were very confident in his ability to make the right decision and really allowed him to make an independent decision. Not good for IU, but sorta cool given the influence others have in the majority of recruitments. Time will tell if it's the correct decision, but I can see Wilkes being very successful at UCLA. 

I do understand the frustration and- while I don't think THIS recruitment would have been different regardless- I think that given the last few years a change needs to happen with the in-state pitch. And honestly, Buckley doesn't seem to connect. 

I'm not even a "lock down the state" type of guy. I really don't care. But there is a natural advantage to local kids and right now Indiana isn't able to exploit that the way they should. 


Very good post Pap. Unfortunately, Langford will be the next one. I think we can get Jallow if we REALLY wanted him and pushed.


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Very good post Pap. Unfortunately, Langford will be the next one. I think we can get Jallow if we REALLY wanted him and pushed.


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I think Wilkes and Harris hurt more in the sense of location. Langford is in Indiana, but can see Louisville much easier. Either way we need to do a better job in Indy. There has been a lot of talent come out of that city and we have only got Yogi. That is disappointing.


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Very good post Pap. Unfortunately, Langford will be the next one. I think we can get Jallow if we REALLY wanted him and pushed.


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In regards to Musa, we have literally no excuse to miss on him. He lives in Bloomington and plays basketball with CTCs son. That being said I've heard he really likes Michigan and Ohio State.


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