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Trilly Donovan Thinks Illinois Basketball Will…



Trilly Donovan Thinks Illinois Basketball Will…

Trilly Donovan Thinks Illinois Basketball Will…

Illinois Basketball is just a few days away from their season opener. Brad Underwood will start year 7 with a very interesting roster. He returns his two stars, Coleman Hawkins and Terrence Shannon Jr. Other than that, Underwood will trot out a roster of new players. Luckily for him, these new additions are all experienced college basketball players. Unlike adding four true freshmen that were needed to play, Coach Underwood adds 3 5th year basketball players.

Many outsiders view Illinois as having a poor offseason. Illinois lost legit talent on paper. Jayden Epps was a solid Big Ten guard as a true freshman. RJ Melendez transferred to an SEC school and showed his high upside right off the bat. Skyy Clark was a heralded 5 star recruit. Matthew Mayer was a leading scorer as well. However, I think the Kansas exhibition showed that even though Illinois may not be as explosive as last year, they will certainly be a more cohesive unit.

Trilly never misses

Trilly Donovan is a famous Twitter personality that has his own site as part of the Full Ride Network. The most famous burner account gained lots of steam over the summer after breaking spot-on news from his burner account. He is now recognized as one of the more reliable sources of Twitter news. He recently published an article with 5 hot takes before the season starts. Trilly had this to say about Illinois after he predicted that Illinois Basketball will finish in the top 10 of the AP poll.

“We are higher on Illinois than most this season. The Illini pass the airport test with size and length at every position on the floor. Terrance Shannon Jr. could unseat Zach Edey as Big Ten Player of the Year with another huge season. We love the additions of Quincy Guerrier and Marcus Domask, giving Brad Underwood plenty of weapons to work alongside Shannon. We’re all in on this Illinois squad, predicting they’ll finish the season ranked in the AP Top 10.

Age wins in college basketball

Typically, the oldest teams in college basketball tend to have success. That pattern has held true for Illinois. Their two most successful teams this past decade were filled with upper classmen. From Trent Frazier, Da’Monte Williams and Jacob Grandison to Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn, age typically leads to success. Though the Kansas exhibition did not count, Illinois played a closing-time lineup that fits this bill.

If they can harness that age and experience into winning habits, Illinois basketball could be in for a special season.

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