Thursday, January 20, 2005

Good Dish: Illini's NBA Prospects

Illinitalk was impressed with the Sun-Times' Jim O'Donnell and his dish on the NBA prospects for members of the Illinois basketball team.

Illinitalk agrees with almost everything written about the Illini in this article. However, we also expect the national media to take the following story line: every NCAA men's basketball championship team for the past seven years has had at least one player chosen in the first round of the NBA draft. Currently, the Illini don't appear to have any sure-fire first rounders. Can they win the title? Can they even make it to the Final Four without one?

Illinitalk believes the answer to this question is an emphatic yes. Bruce Weber is an outstanding bench coach (much better than that guy who pretends to coach at Wisconsin) and has this team playing unselfishly. Could this affect their draft status? Illinitalk doesn't think so. Not be be cliche but if they win the championship, everything else will take care of itself.

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