Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Good morning, Illini Nation: Team USA’s hope is still alive

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini Beat author and Associated Press Top 25 voter Scott Ritchie. He would brief Brad Underwood’s team every morning:

Multiple Illinois recruiting goals made it through to the first roster cut on Monday at the FIBA ​​U17 World Cup training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., ahead of the tournament in early July in Spain. While Moraes Johnson Jr., the Class of 2024, was not one of the 18 finalists out of 34 preliminary players, several Illini goals to reach 12 remain ahead of the final cut:

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class of 2023

Wesley Yates III, 6-4, g, Beaumont United (Texas)

– Yates did everything for the Timberwolves (36-3) in 2021-22. The two-way combo guard averaged 19.7 points, four rebounds, 2.8 steals and two assists.

class of 2024

James Brown, 6-9, C, St. Rita

– Brown was part of a key frontcourt for the Mustangs (23-12) in 2021-22, playing alongside Johnson and averaging 13.5 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Brown continues to play this spring and summer with Johnson, new St. Rita teammate Knojas Indusitis and Curie point guard Carlos Harris III for the Minestreets 16U team.

David Castillo, 6-1, G, Bartlesville (Okla.)

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Boogie Fland, 6-3, G, Archbishop Stepinac (NY)

Carter Knox, 6-5, G., Tampa Catholic (Fla.)

Asa Newell, 6-9, F, Monteverde Academy (Fla.)

class of 2025

Koa Peet, 6-7, F, Perry (Ariz.)

— Pete has champagne connections as the son of former Central standout Todd Peet. Young Pete is already one of the top players in the Class of 2025 and earned Maxpreps Freshman All-American honors for Puma (25-5) in 2021-22, scoring 15.6 points and 6.3 rebounds for a Class 6A state champ.

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