Recruiting Rewind: Illinois

12 Jun

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Over the course of the summer, the National Hoops Report will look back at the six year recruiting record of the BCS conference schools. Who found success? Who missed the mark? Where did the school find the talent? Who emerged as a sleeper? Who fell short of the expectations? NHR looks back in the Recruiting Rewind.

Looking back at Illinois’ recruiting classes, nothing seems to really match-up.

The class of 2007 group including Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale is the most impressive bunch to date. The group helped Bruce Weber and crew make it to the NCAA tournament two times.

McCamey was the player we (myself and Jerry Meyer at Rivals) thought he could be – steady, tough and efficient. Mike Tisdale turned out to be the player we thought – a shot-blocker that would get better every year.

Mike Davis was the big surprise. He was planning on going to South Kent for a year of prep but picked Illinois late over Auburn, Maryland and South Florida. He emerged into the best overall post player for Illinois over the last six years.

McCamey was thought to be an anchor piece. Tisdale was a complimentary player. Davis was an unknown. This crew did better than I would have imagined.

In contrast, the addition of assistant coach Jerrence Howard has helped the Illini turn the page in terms of recruiting. He helped land six Rivals150 prospects in a two-year span. The Illini only landed three Rivals150 players the four years prior to Howard’s arrival.

However, the classes of 2009 and 2010 were highly ranked but only one player – D.J. Richardson – averaged double digit points in his career so far. There is still time to fully evaluate those classes as roles become bigger next and beyond.

Weber and his staff love the in-state kids. Eleven of the 19 total signees came from Illinois. There were eight other states represented for the other eight players. The Illini have signed seven power forwards compared to two point guards.

CLASS OF 2005 TO CLASS OF 2010 RECRUITING DATA

TOTAL RECRUITS: 19
MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICANS: 1
RIVALS150 PLAYERS: 9
CURRENT NBA PLAYERS
: 0
NCAA ALL-AMERICANS
: 0
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE: 1
TRANSFERS
: 4
RECORD SINCE 2006: 130-77
NCAA APPEARANCES
: 4
NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORD: 2-3

BIGGEST STUD: Demetri McCamey (2007)
BIGGEST DUD
: Jereme Richmond (2011)
BIGGEST SLEEPER
: Mike Davis (2007)
BIGGEST MISS
: Eric Gordon (2007)
BEST CLASS: 2007

RANKING THE TOP 10 ILLINOIS RECRUITS SINCE 2005:

1. Demetri McCamey (2007)
2. Mike Davis (2007)
3. Mike Tisdale (2007)
4. Brandon Paul (2009)
5. Jereme Richmond (2010)
6. D.J. Richardson (2009)
7. Chester Frazier (2005)
8. Jamar Smith (2005)
9. Bill Cole (2007)
10. Meyers Leonard (2010)

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