A quick PSA before we take a look at the staff's whereabouts. I want to take the time to clarify that Jawun Evans is NOT taking his official visit to Illinois the weekend of September 13th. Both his mother and AAU coach have said, via Twitter, that Jawun has not scheduled any officials at this time. Looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer!
Back to recruiting...this is the final July evaluation window so expect the staff to be out in full force.
7/23/14: Coach Groce was in Las Vegas for the Fab 48 to watch '15 PF Carlton Bragg and '15 PG Jalen Brunson
John Groce + ast, UCLA, OSU, Bill Self + ast, Louisville here for 2015 Carlton Bragg #AdidasGauntlet— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) July 24, 2014
7/24/14: '15 SF Dillon Brooks has received a scholarship offer from the Illini
Brooks has exploded onto the scene this Spring/Summer and has brought some major attention to himself. He's a consensus 4* prospect (depending on where you look he's top 50)--you can check out his 247 profile here
- 1:00 PM: The staff checks in on '16 SG Eron Gordon. Yes, he's the younger brother of that other guy. Yes, he'll probably go to Indiana. No, I couldn't care less.
Tom Crean, Thad Matta and two asssistants, Illinois, Michigan among those here for Eron Gordon
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) July 24, 2014
- 2:00 PM: Surprise! Illinois is again in attendance for Carlton Bragg.
Louisville rolling two deep for Rawle Alkins. Bill Self and ast, Illinois, Self and an ast here for Carlton Bragg— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) July 24, 2014
In a shocking turn of events KU coach Bill Self has cloned himself. That's a bold strategy, Cotton, let's see if it pays off for 'em
- 3:00 PM: John Groce is watching Jalen Brunson for the second time in two days
Tom Izzo sitting front row for Jalen Brunson. Fran Dunphy and an assistant also watching. John Groce standing on the top row.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 24, 2014
7/25/14: Coach Groce started his day by watching '15 G Jimmy Whitt at the AAU Super Showcase
It was also announce on Friday that Whitt will be taking an unoffical visit to Illinois on August 1st
- 10:00 AM: Groce was checking out '16 PF Tyler Cook
#Illini head coach John Groce is watching STL Eagles 2016 PF Tyler Cook. Assistants from Florida, Kansas State and others too.— Derek Piper (@Future150DPiper) July 25, 2014
- 2:00 PM: '15 G Shake Milton was being scouted by the staff
- 7:00 PM: Coach was checking in on '15 PG Jawun Evans
Brad Brownell, John Groce, Donnie Tyndall, ast from OK St here to see Jawun Evans at #Havoc.— HoopSeen (@hoopseen) July 25, 2014