Saturday, December 03, 2005


Well some excellent news for everyone here on the Northsidereport, except for Mike, but the Illini have landed a verbal commitment from the 4th ranked H.S. player in this years junior class. Not to mention what the backlash of this signing might do. Heres the quote from

"Eric Gordon, the 6-3 shooting guard, of North Central High School, in Indianapolis, Indiana rejected offers from the likes of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and Arizona, and on Friday gave Bruce Weber and the Illini a verbal commitment to attend the University of Illinois. The junior, is the 4th ranked player in the class of 2007, and is Illinois' highest ranked recruit since landing Marcus Liberty in 1988. "

"My first priotiy is Derek Rose", Gordon said at his news conference to announce his decision. Derek Rose the 6-2 point guard from Chicago Simeon High School, is the top ranked point guard in the class of '07, and the 7th ranked player nationally. Teammates on their AAU team that won two championships in Las Vegas, and Texas, Rose and Gordon are close friends and it has long been rumored that both would attend the same school. The long tradition of success at Illinois from Chicago Simeon players, and the signing of Gordon, gives Bruce Weber a leg up on signing Rose."

Well maybe I should take back what I siad about Bruce Weber's recruiting ability. There was never any doubt about Weber's coaching ability X's and O's wise, the question was could he recruit. Certainly his failure to land Jon Scheyer, when he is being coached by his own brother did nothing to enhance his recruiting reputation. This deal though could be huge.

It looks like the season we had last year is starting to pay off. Thinking about it, most of the players we got signed now were recruited before last seasons success. This is the first recruiting season since our run last year, and it is off to a great start, and will be even better if this Gordon kid can get his buddy Derek Rose to join him in Illini orange. That would be two of the top 10 in this years junior class, that would be huge. A great backcourt for a few years to come. I would like to say 4, but if these kids are that good, it would seem unlikely to have them both for 4 years.

You know what they say, "once you go orange, you never go back."