With the news that Eric Gordon will attend Midnight Madness at Indiana, the Illini faithful could use some...
Two of the best young underclassmen in the state, Peoria Central's D. J. Richardson and North Shore Country Day's Jereme Richmond, will both attend Midnight Madness at Illinois tonight.
Richardson and Richmond are a good sign for Illinois. The past few years, the Illinois coaching staff seemed to wait too long to get heavily involved with young prospects. They have obviously begun courting Richardson and Richmond before the national herd shows up. That's what is expected of the in-state school.
Also expected in Champaign tonight is Bloomington senior Justin Bocot, who could step in and grab the scholarship spot that it seems Gordon is vacating.
Another possibilty for Illinois is Marshall guard Mike Stovall. Like Patrick Beverley, Stovall has flown under the radar most of his career. Expect him to have a huge season. Indiana and Wake Forest, among others, are recruiting him. Stovall is 6-4, strong, athletic and he can shoot the three — he's the best remaining in-state option to replace Gordon.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber and Marshall coach Lamont Bryant had a highly publicized tiff last season over Beverley's recruitment. It would be in Weber's best interest to bury the hatchet and try to smooth things over with Bryant. Marshall has become one of the powerhouse Public League schools and Illinois can't afford to stay on Bryant's bad side.