By Michael O'Brien

Illinois is after Darius Smith

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Add another school to the list of high-major powerhouses hot on the trail of Marshall senior Darius Smith.

It's long been known that Illinois admired Smith, but they seemed to be full for the 2009 recruiting class.

That's no longer the case. Apparently the Illinois staff is expecting to have room for the star guard. Both Bruce Weber and assistant coach Jerrance Howard were on hand to watch Smith lead the Commandos over Crane tonight in the Marshall regional final.

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WERE THEY AT THE GAME TO SEE HIM, OR SEE CRANDALL HEAD?
RUMOR MILL HAS IT, THAT MR. HEAD IS GOING TO A PREP
SCHOOL NEXT YEAR! STAY TUNED!

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Well, according to Darius, he hasn't heard from Weber so who knows. The Illini definitely have some ground to make up.

I think it will be hard for Illinois to gain ground on Smith at this point in the game, just my opinion. I think Head is going to be a good college player despite his performance last night. Word has it on Smith that Tom Crean is really making inroads with him.

Good to see Weber finally realized the key to success when coaching Illinois basketball is to recruit from the city. Imagine how good Illinois would be if Weber landed Jon scheyer, Patrick Beverley, Sherron Collins, Derrick rose etc.

"Ground to make up"....

Well with the players Weber has coming to Illinois it's really not a question of whether there's "ground to make up" or whether Darius isn't afraid of a little competition for PT or is he a team player?

Patrick Beverley? Ha, you funny. That was a good one. What comedy club are you playing at next?

PATRICK BEVERLY WAS A LATE BLOOMER, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN
AN EXCELLENT FIT FOR THE FIGHTING ILLINI, SO THAT ISN'T
A COMEDY CLUB STATEMENT, YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR BASKETBALL,
THIS YOUNG MAN IS A FREAK OF NATURE, LONG ARMS, EXCELLENT
ATHLETE, THAT IS WHAT ILLINOIS HAS MISSED FOR A LONG TIME
A TEAM FULL OF ATHLETES, NOW ADAYS TEAMS ARE STOCKPILING
ATHLETES WHO HAPPEN TO BE BASKETBALL PLAYERS, REMEMBER
DEE BROWN, A SUPER ATHLETE, LUTHER HEAD, DERON WILLIAMS,
THE ORDAINED MINISTER ROGER POWELL, JR. THESE GUYS WERE
STUD ATHLETES, THAT'S WHAT ILLINOIS HAS COMING, BRUCE
WEBBER AND JERRANCE HOWARD WERE AT THE MARSHALL- CRANE
GAME TO CHECK ON CRANDALL HEAD, LOOK FOR HIM TO GO TO A
PREP SCHOOL NEXT YEAR, HE IS VERY UNHAPPY AT CRANE!
MISSING OUT ON D. ROSE WASN'T A BUST, HE WAS A ONE AND
DONE, AND ILLINOIS KNEW THAT, SO HE WASN'T A PRIORITY,
THE YOUNG MAN JEREME RICHMOND IS GOING TO BE A ONE AND
DONE AS WELL, UNLESS HE IS A BUST IN HIS INAGURAL SEASON,
WHICH I DON'T SEE HAPPENING, REMEMBER DON'T HATE THE
PLAYER, HATE THE GAME, CRANDALL HEAD AND J. RICHMOND ARE
DESTINED TO BE MILLIONAIRES, THEY JUST HAVE TO FOLLOW THE
YELLOW BRICK ROAD, SO TO SPEAK, AND BE GOOD CITIZENS!
I KNOW WHAT SOME OF YOU ARE THINKING, THEY AREN'T THAT
GOOD, BUT YOU SEE, YOU AREN'T NBA SCOUTS, AND YOU DON'T
REPRESENT SHOE COMPANIES, TIMES HAVE CHANGED LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN, WHEN YOU SEE SEBASTIAN TELFAIR GET DRAFTED IN
THE FIRST ROUND, AND GORDON, AND LOVE, YOU KIND OF SEE
WHAT IS GOING ON, THE NBA IS A YOUNG MAN'S LEAGUE, THE
DINOSAUR'S WON'T LAST TO LONG, BUT THE 19 AND 20 YEAR OLD
GUYS ARE THE FUTURE OF THE LEAGUE!
COACH WEBBER WASN'T AT THAT GAME TO SEE DARIUS SMITH,
HE SAW HIM BUT HE WAS THERE TO CHECK ON HIS PRIZE RECRUIT
C. HEAD! A VERY UNHAPPY CAMPER!

you can't blame coach weber for jon scheyer, his parents
said that larry butler was instrumental in helping with
the recruiting process to duke university, illinois never
had a chance!

I think Smith would be a good fit at Bradley and rumor has it they are still in the running.

Ron C wrote: Good to see Weber finally realized the key to success when coaching Illinois basketball is to recruit from the city. Imagine how good Illinois would be if Weber landed Jon scheyer, Patrick Beverley, Sherron Collins, Derrick rose etc.

-Yeah, because Weber didn't recruit Scheyer, Beverley or Collins . . . I think Weber knows what he's doing, so let's leave the evaluating of players to him.

PATRICK BEVERLY WAS A BEAST, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL BIG
TEN AT ILLINOIS, HE WILL PLAY IN THE NBA ONE DAY, HE IS
PLAYING IN UKRAINE AS WE SPEAK!

Patrick Beverly wouldn't have lasted one class day in school at Illinois. He's an idiot.

PHIL SMITH JR. can you please ease up on the CAPS lock? It's hurts to read your comments and the only image that pops into my head when reading your comments is Dickie V screaming the words and I do not like this visual image. And it's Weber, not Webber.

And to add to the discussion, I think Coach Weber knew the talent in the CPL and did attempt at recruiting within it. The problem was that many CPL coaches did/currently hold a grudge against Illinois and this didn't help Weber at all. And correct me if I'm wrong but I never really associated Northbrook (Schyer) with the "City".

Smitty needed 2 prove these papers wrong b4 he worry about that all 2 late bruce webber get yours state title and prove chicago wrong go some were u can shine so u can make the league

First of all, Scheyer is not a city guy and Bruce was after him.

Next, they were after Beverly. When the school refused to send transcripts, interest was lost. (They mysteriously showed up a few weeks after the request was denied.) There were academic concerns about P-Bev. The fact he flunked out of Arkansas warrants the Illini's concerns.

There is a good chance Weber was there to see Head. He also made his way up to Lake Zurich to see Paul. (Unless he was checking out Jake The Red Snake Anderson.)

Man! Crandaell Head should stay in a city school instead of prep. I think he should have never went 2 crane i think next year he should ATTEND Foreman High School with terrance head and the hornest.

COACH WEBER DID RECRUIT COLLINS AND SCHEYER, HE MAY HAVE
BEEN LATE ON BEVERLY, EVERYONE WAS, BUT COLLINS AND
SCHEYER WERE HIGH ON THE ILLINI LIST!
THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON, AND THOSE THREE YOUNG MEN
DIDN'T WEAR THE ORANGE AND BLUE!
GREAT NEWS J. RICHMOND WILL PLAY AGAINST ZION-BENTON IN
THE SECTIONAL-SEMIFINAL GAME!
THE TECHNICAL HAS BEEN OVER-RULED!

Phil, caps lock dude. seriously. you have an entry where you are not shouting, but 3 where it is all caps. enough with that. it is the key between tab and shift on the left side of your keyboard. press it. just once.

but to the point, Crandall Head is a 2010 recruit. his going to prep school has no apparent bearing on the 2009 class, which already has 3 wings in it.

I WONDER IF I TYPE IN ALL CAPS PEOPLE MIGHT ACTUALLY THINK MY RAMBLINGS HAVE MERIT, JUST LIKE PHIL!!

Seriously, Phil, there is a reason Weber didn't recruit Beverly. He was a terrible student who wouldn't even let Illinois see his transcripts. He would not have been All Big-10 because he would have never qualified at Illinois in the first place.

AC, Weber DID recruit Collins and Scheyer, but missed for reasons related to dreams (Scheyer's dream was to play for Duke) and relationships (i.e., the one Self built with Collins while Self was at Illinois).

Patrick Beverly was a good player and if he were at Arkansas this year he would be ALL SEC. Crandall Head is not going to be a millionaire he is and average player. Telfair and the others were stellar high school talents who had potential to be great, but could not mature as well as a D. Rose has. Mr. Richmond will not be one and done. He will need at least two years before he can make the jump to the NBA.

Patrick Beverly wasn't recruited by Illinois and actually told Weber he would go there if Weber had a scholarship, but at the time he didn't. Phil, you should stop using CAPS, it doesn't help anyone read your one-sided crap.

THAT'S A LIE ABOUT THE CPS NOT LIKING COACH WEBER, AND
IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, SAY IT, I AM NOT THE ONLY
ONE TYPING WITH CAPS, READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY, I AM NOT
SCREAMING AT YOU, I AM GIVING YOU SOME KNOWLEDGE, BECAUSE
SOME OF YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE!

MANY OF YOU, DIDN'T KNOW PATRICK BEVERLY EVEN EXISTED
UNTIL U OF I DIDN'T GET HIM, IT'S A FUNNY THING A PERSON'S
GRADES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CONFIDENTIAL, BUT SOME OF YOU
KNEW THIS YOUNG MAN'S BUSINESS, IF YOU KNEW YOUR BUSINESS
AS WELL AS HIS, YOU WOULD ALL BE MILLIONAIRES!
BOTTOM LINE AAU BALL GETS THESE GUYS MORE EXPOSURE THAN
THEIR HIGH SCHOOL TEAM, BUT WHEN BEVERLY GOT HIS TEAM
DOWNSTATE, HIS REP GOT ALOT BIGGER!
IT IS NOT U OF I'S FAULT THEY DIDN'T GET THIS PLAYER,
AND BESIDES JERRANCE HOWARD WASN'T ON THE ILLINI STAFF
DURING THIS RECRUITING SITUATION!
JERRANCE HOWARD IS THE GURU OF RECRUITING FOR THE ILLINI!

IT AMAZES ME THAT SOME OF YOU ONE AND DONE BLOGGERS HAVE
THE AUDACITY TO COMMENT ON ME, YOU DON'T KNOW ME, OR
MAYBE YOU DO, BECAUSE MY STUFF GETS ON HERE ALL THE TIME,
READ AND LEARN OR RELAX, I AM NOT SHOUTING AT YOU, THIS
IS HOW I BLOG, STOP WITH YOUR NEGATIVITY, AND YOU MAY
LEARN SOMETHING, STOP HATING ON U OF I, IT'S ALL WATER
UNDER THE BRIDGE!
WHEN U OF I IS IN THE FINAL FOUR IN A COUPLE OF YEARS,
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!
YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!
J. RICH, C. HEAD, D. PAUL, J. BERTRAND, ABRAMS, AND THE
REST ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS FOR THE ILLINI
NATION! IF YOU LIVE IN ILLINOIS, ACT LIKE IT!

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