Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Illinois Punks UNC for Carlwell

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting this morning that Illinois beat out North Carolina--as well as Michigan State and Florida State (Florida State?!?!?!?!?!)--in the recruitment of Proviso East standout Brian Carlwell.

This is big news for Illinois. Carlwell is regarded as a top 40 recruit and will provide more muscle inside, and coming on the heels of Dee's announcement that he's returning next season, even more recruiting momentum.

Ever since watching Emeka Okafor and Sean May dominate their respective Final Fours, I've always wondered if Illinois could land a top-rated big man and Bruce Weber could help him develop if it would be the missing piece to Illinois' championship puzzle. Obviously other things need to happen (like the recruitment of a great point guard like Sherron Collins) but Bruce Weber is well on his way to building an elite program at Illinois.

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