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April 2, 2021 @ 08:21 AM

The college basketball most of us grew up with is gone. We're rarely going to be watching players progress from Freshman through Senior year--I'd bet HS recruiting starts to matter less and less.

It's not an improvement in the experience of the fan--and, I suspect, for most kids it won't be an improvement in their experience and development as an athlete.

OTOH it could all be very good for Illinois as a program--I think we have a coach and staff that are well-suited to this new world, we have a huge and engaged alumni and fan-base, & we're in the biggest, richest, and best conference--there are way more programs below us to snatch players from than there are above us.

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