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Local Hoopster Picks Illinois

Just got off the phone with T.C. Williams basketball coach Ivan Thomas, who reports that second-team All-Met forward Mike Davis has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Illinois.

Davis had planned to go to South Kent Prep for a year of post-grad seasoning, but instead took a visit to Champaign last weekend and opted to head to college this fall. He will leave Friday for the start of the fall semester.

"He passed up an offer to Auburn and a couple other schools," Thomas said. "He decided to go to Illinois last-minute. He got a good feel for [Coach Bruce] Weber and talked it over with his family."

By Josh Barr  | August 14, 2007; 12:05 PM ET
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Welcome aboard Mike! You'll love playing for Weber and the Illini.

Posted by: Mark | August 14, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Weber is running that program into the ground. He took Self's recruits to the championship. But look at the last two years - the decline is obvious. Consider the guys he's lost: Derrick Rose, Sherron Collins, Julian Wright, Eric Gordon, Evan Turner, Patrick Beverly, Jon Scheyer, Michael Dunigan, Thompson, Iman Shumpert, DeAndre Liggins. Most of those guys are from Illinois and I'm sure I've missed some more. Illinois has become the laughingstock of the college basketball world.

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 14, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Weber is running that program into the ground. He took Self's recruits to the championship. But look at the last two years - the decline is obvious. Consider the guys he's lost: Derrick Rose, Sherron Collins, Julian Wright, Eric Gordon, Evan Turner, Patrick Beverly, Jon Scheyer, Michael Dunigan, Thompson, Iman Shumpert, DeAndre Liggins. Most of those guys are from Illinois and I'm sure I've missed some more. Illinois has become the laughingstock of the college basketball world.

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 14, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

cant wait to join you in Champaign!!

Posted by: darius | August 14, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Weber is clearly one of the best coaches in college basketball and I look forward to seeing Mike in the Orange and Blue.

Posted by: bjscho23 | August 14, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Illinois is the winningest college basketball program in the nation during Weber's tenure, totaling 112 victories over the last four years to tie for the national lead with Duke and Florida. Weber's 112 victories also rank as the most wins ever by a Big Ten coach in his first four seasons and are tied for the second most wins ever by a Big Ten coach over any period of four-straight seasons. He owns the best winning percentage in the 102-year history of Big Ten basketball, having won 80 percent of his games while in charge of the Fighting Illini (112-28). Weber also ranks as the third winningest coach in the nation over the last six seasons, totaling 164 victories.

- not exactly "running the program into the ground" - Weber may be the most underrated coach in the whole game.

Go Illini!

Posted by: larry | August 14, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Larry,

How about Weber's last 2 years - when Self's guys started leaving the program? How about Illinois being the last school to sneak into the NCAAs?

How about Weber being perhaps the worst recruiter in college basketball?

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 14, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Phil has some major issues with Illinois. Was it a bad break up or something? :)

Posted by: Not Phil | August 14, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey Phil... Weber has 7 quality kids coming in this year (8 new bodies total, if you include the medical redshirt from last year). With new blood at every position, I'm not sure what you mean by worst recruiter in CBB. I'd call it a miraculous recovery after the Eric Gordon stab through the heart.

As far as wins, Weber is the best coach Illinois has maybe ever had. Even his worst season at Illinois (23-12) ties Lon Kruger's highest single-season win total (23-10 in 1997-98). None of (the great) Lou Henson's first eight seasons or final seven produced as many victories.

Posted by: Doc | August 14, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Doc,

How do you explain the recruiting misses listed above? Do you really think any other major program would take stiffs like Cole and Tisdale?

He is not a bad coach, but he is a god awful recruiter. He will win enough to keep his job, but Illinois will remain a mediocre program. There is a reason why the college basketball world mocks Illinois fans who are completely insane.

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 14, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Who cares how many games he has won the last four years. The Big Ten has gotten drilled by the ACC in the challenges and has been weak. Add to that the fact they have scheduled games against schools I didn't even realize had teams and you can really add up those wins. Future final fours what a laugh.

Posted by: bthoops | August 14, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this kid won't be as bad as the last recruit from the Baltimore/Washington area that Weber took a flyer on. Chester Frazier is just about the worst starting point guard at the high major level you could find.

Any reason none of the local schools (Gtown, Maryland in particular) weren't involved? What does Weber know that everybody else doesn't?

Posted by: Ryan (IL) | August 14, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of running a program into the ground...How about those Terps?

Posted by: buckeyessuk | August 14, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Weber's "Fist" speech - easily the worst pre-game speech in the history of man (well, Quin's "Eye of the Tiger" was probably worse).

Seriously, Illini fans - do you really think Weber is going to win with recruits like Cole?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=W-yUrVJniqk

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 14, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Phil's ACT score was too low to get into a top school like Illinois. So he settled for Indiana or Ohio State.

Posted by: Bob | August 14, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

First, I'm not an Illinois fan. I'm just addicted to CBB.

And I woulnd't sleep on that Tisdale kid. I've actually seen him play some AAU. He's a legit 7' with some quickness for his size and a very, very nice stroke from range.

I think he's young for his class too.

You're clearly just hating on Illinois for some reason. No one who's seen or read about Cole and Tisdale would call them stiffs.

Posted by: Doc | August 14, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What a curve ball...Mike who!!!! Mike Davis

Posted by: Illini | August 14, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

No, I didn't go to IU or OSU. But you're not seriously calling Illinois the "Harvard of the Midwest", are you? LOL.

Someone said, "No one who's seen or read about Cole and Tisdale would call them stiffs."

Here's the RSCI for 2007. McCamey is the only one ranked in the Top 100. No Cole, Tisdale, Watkins.

But who knows? You guys probably have Sampson and Akeem on campus now.

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 14, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Good late pick-up for Weber and staff. Hopefully will add some scoring punch as that is what we will need this year; maybe some blocks too.

Posted by: BigTenChamp87 | August 14, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Notice that Illinois fans won't respond to Weber's inability to recruit top talent - even ones from instate.

How about Scheyer? The kid was coached by Weber's freakin brother? Nice job, Bruuth!

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 14, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh Phil, now I know you're just a hater.

Scheyer? Get real man. He dreamed about going to Duke his whole life. He got an offer from Coach K and snatched it up.

Flame on Flamer

Posted by: Doc | August 14, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Weber has missed on some high profile recruits - we out here in Illini Nation know that all too well. But the recruits on the horizon are promising and will pan-out better than most believe (Tisdale is going to a very good player). In any given recuiting class, there are only 15-20 truly special kids (Rose, Gordon, etc.); the next 100-150 kids are pretty similar in ability. So yes we have missed on the special kids, but I am confident that the kids coming in will do nicely for (Derron Williams and Luther Head were in 100-150 categoty and they are doing very well in the NBA.) I suspect we will be hearing good things about McCamey, Watkins, Tisdale, Alexander, and hopefully Davis. I am not suggesting that they are NBA-bound, but they will hold their own in Big Ten and NCAA play.

Posted by: BigTenChamp87 | August 14, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Weber has some problems recruiting instate talent. He doesn't have any problem recruiting players who aren't being recruited by the non-elites. ('cept Oregon, it seems.) The blue chippers mentioned went to KU, Duke, NC and the like. Some kids went out of state. We got some kids from out of state. Recruiting is cyclical. Look at your own MD team. They kinda went to the crapper after their NC win. Nobody said anything. Our recruiting hit the crapper after the Gordon fiasco and everybody is hollering like an idiot. Chill. Md looks like they're trending up. Illinois is trending down right now. Tough to not after 37 wins in one season. I'd still put even $$ on 25 wins this year.

Posted by: Also not Phil | August 14, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Actually I just stole "Phil's" (or should I say Philbio or Josh) real (screen) name. That guy is a CLOWN. Funny how the out of state kids really like Illinois and the Chicago kids (other than Pruitt, Carlwell and McCamey and Jordan and Jereme Richmond) don't. Funny how QWatkins (Rivals 4 -star) and JUCO All-America and freakish athlete Rodney Alexander are in the fold. Jon Scheyer didn't exactly set the world on fire last year did he? Rankings and stars don't mean crap once it's time to hit the court. Either you can play or you can't. People sleep on Tisdale and McCamey big time. Illinois will better this year than last, count on it. Welcome aboard Mike, you'll help us be an even bigger winner.

Posted by: BigJosh | August 14, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Phil is from Maryland, who apparently were recruiting this kid. Hope you have a great career at UI Mike.

Posted by: helppitch | August 14, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

A ha ~ so Phil is from Maryland and is probably getting tired of seeing Zook take all the in-state talent. It all becomes very clear now ~ can't beat Zook so pick on Weber. Phil, you clever, clever little boy!

Posted by: The Chief | August 14, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to feeding you alley-oops on the break! Go Illini!

Posted by: Scott S. | August 14, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Stupid- Quit twisting the facts. John Scheyer was a Duke fan since he was a little kid. His dream school. Nothing or no one would have stopped him from going there. Had nothing to do with Weber. Coach K could have been at Illinois and he still would have gone to Duke. He's very overrated anyways. We want talent. You have to get away from wanting kids just because they live in Illinois.

Posted by: Brooks | August 14, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Phil= Mindless Chatter.

Posted by: M.P | August 14, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify Phils remarks about Weber's inability to bring talent to Illinois. Let's review the schools interested in the Illini 2007 class.

D Mac, offered by Indiana, Wake, BC, VA, Michigan, IL

R. Alexander offers, Tenn, Illinois, Kansas State

Q. Watkins, ASU, AZ, Il

Cole & Tisdale, both offered by Wisconsin & Illinois.

Those are actually some pretty well thought of players Weber brought into Illinois.

Posted by: watson | August 14, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Would have loved to play with you , Mike, but a certain other school offered my brother more fur coats than Illinois did.


Posted by: Derrick R | August 14, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Once you get on campus kid, I will take you out to dinner too.

Posted by: Michael Jordan | August 14, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Im a huge illini fan, but i admit that there are a lot of whiners out there..... Phil is overreacting, but hes entitled to his own opinion...which I partially agree with...

Bruce Weber is dropping the ball on recruiting. I thought we would def get Dunigan and Shumpert (and Gordon this year obviously)... but things didnt go the way we planned..

Lets see what happens in 2010 to see if Jereme Richmond sticks to his commitment... but rumor has it that hes thinking of reconsidering his "solid verbal"... Im used this...

I love my Illini, but it pains me to see that we can recruit the blue chippers....the "cant beats"...

Posted by: IlliniFan | August 14, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Not all the players out of Chicago can qualify academically to get into U of I, much less make the grades long enough to play basketball. I will put Weber and staff up against anybody else in the Big Ten and NCAA when it comes time to lay it all out on the court. I do believe this year will be much better than last for a few reasons. 1. Gotta be healthy; were not healthy enough last year to even hold a decent practice. 2. Healthy Semrau, healthy Chet, healthy Randle, Shaun Pruitt and newcomers chipping in will make a tremendous difference on both ends of the floor. 3. You are going to see some defense you have not seen since 2005. 4. Flamers go away and flame on someone else besides Illinois. We don't need ya around. You all can eat crow when the seasons over and Illinois has played to the utmost level of competition. Let the games be decided on the court not on the message boards. Indiana Sucks!!!!!Gordon family sucks!!!!!Everthing else is getting better for Illini Nation. Hail to the Chief!!!!!!!

Posted by: rubenski | August 14, 2007 6:25 PM | Report abuse

You guys are just haters.

Posted by: Bruce, Champaign | August 14, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the O&B family.

Posted by: NEOhioIllini | August 14, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Phil = Obsessed with Illinois. I'm guessing he's a IU or KU fan.

First, what program HASN'T lost top 10, top 25, and top 50 guys in the last few years?

Illinois fans wish we didn't lose many of the recruits you list, but we weren't surprised with most of them, either. If you were from a city like Chicago and understood the environment, you'd better understand.

You obviously don't have a clue.

Posted by: Ncik | August 14, 2007 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little wuss, but I made my daddy happy, and that is all that matters.

Call me Kelvin, I miss you!!!

Posted by: Eric Gordon | August 14, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The situation with the Illinois basketball program is obvious....simply put..Bruce Weber cannot recruit with the Big Boys. He is not capble of putting a recruiting program together at Illinois. The only answer is for Ron Guenther to recognize this fact and start preparing to look for his replacement........Now! Please Ron do not wait until he has ruined our Basketball program and we become the laughing stock and cellar dweller of the Big Ten like we have been in football. Pay the price and bring in a Big Time Coach who can recruit and keep the fighting Illini on top of the College basketball world where we belong.

Posted by: Hopeless Now! | August 14, 2007 11:17 PM | Report abuse

The situation with the Illinois basketball program is obvious....simply put..Bruce Weber cannot recruit with the Big Boys. He is not capble of putting a recruiting program together at Illinois. The only answer is for Ron Guenther to recognize this fact and start preparing to look for his replacement........Now! Please Ron do not wait until he has ruined our Basketball program and we become the laughing stock and cellar dweller of the Big Ten like we have been in football. Pay the price and bring in a Big Time Coach who can recruit and keep the fighting Illini on top of the College basketball world where we belong.

Posted by: Hopeless Now! | August 14, 2007 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Nice job by Weber in recruiting the best kid in Northern Virginia, Mike Davis. Weber is an awesome coach and the facts speak for themselves. The program is top notch and this is why kids are graduating and going to the NBA. Bruce Weber does not need the top 100 guys because he develops players and can coach. Get it, doc?

Posted by: Ron | August 15, 2007 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm SO jealous of Illinois that I just go nuts every day of my life.

Please, read my name and put me out of my misery.

Posted by: I'm Phil, shoot me | August 15, 2007 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey. Just read some more, and it looks like you beat out Auburn and South Florida for this kid. Congratulations - those are basketball titans.

If there's any question why top rated kids won't play for Weber, just watch the fist speech again on youtube. That is comedy gold.

Also, can Illinois fans explain these RSCI rankings?

Brian Randle No. 53
Shaun Pruitt No. 77
Brian Carlwell No. 49
Demetri McCamey No. 71
Jamar Smith NR
Chester Frazier NR
Calvin Brock NR
Rodney Alexander NR
Trent Meacham NR
Chris Hicks NR
CJ Jackson NR
Jeremiah Wise NR
Steve Holdren NR
Richard Semrau NR
Quinton Watkins NR
Mike Tisdale NR
Bill Cole NR
Jeff Jordan NR
Mike Davis NR

LOL. This is why you guys are the laughingstock of college basketball. There is no other program that combines mediocrity with unrealistic expectations.

Posted by: Phil (MD) | August 15, 2007 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Randle was recruited by Self.

Posted by: JFrank | August 15, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Phil: I think most Illinois fans recognize, and fret over, Weber's shortcomings as a recruiter. I know I do. But I'll take what Weber does with mediocrity any year over what, say, Bill Self does with blue-chip talent. That list you posted? A dreadful team, admittedly, but those guys represented, by Ken Pomeroy's lights, the country's third-best defense last season.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2007 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Are you guys watching what's happening to Illinois basketball? It's like watching a car ignite.

Posted by: Tim | August 24, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry, Illinois fans will be very happy Mike Davis decided to attend the University of Illinois. He can do it all!

Posted by: Charles Pittman | September 6, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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