Sunday Morning: Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball News for September 5-11

Illini head coach Bruce Weber (left) was working hard recruiting this week while Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl (top right) admitted to lying to the NCAA, a development that sparked some interesting comments from former Illini assistant and Pearl nemesis Jimmy Collins (lower right).

While the Illini basketball coaching staff was busy visiting and hosting recruits last week and this weekend, Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl was admitting that he recently lied to the NCAA during an investigation of his program’s recruiting efforts, news that hardly surprised Illinois fans.

Pearl may be a media darling nationally, but around Champaign-Urbana, he’s known as the former Iowa assistant who claimed recruiting shenanigans by the Illini in the late eighties and early nineties, resulting in a year-long probation for the basketball program despite his claims never being proven.

In a phone interview with USA Today, former Illini assistant Jimmy Collins certainly didn’t hold back his feelings about Pearl, as examined in more detail during this week’s Illinois basketball wrap.

CURRENT ILLINI PLAYER NEWS

#1 D.J. Richardson

Writing Illini just finished its summer basketball series on the sophomore Richardson, who registered at #14 on Draft Express’ recent feature on the top NBA prospects in the Big Ten.

TOP NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS IN THE BIG TEN, PART THREE (#11-15)

#3 Brandon Paul

Illini assistant head coach Jerrance Howard is expecting big things from sophomore Brandon Paul, who will be the next Illinois player featured in the summer basketball school series.

ILLINI BASKETBALL CHAT

#22 Jereme Richmond

When discussing his own freshman Cameron Clark, Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel referenced Illini freshman Jereme Richmond, who played for Capel this summer as part of the FIBA Americas U18 team.

SOONERS NEED INSTANT IMPACT FROM CLARK

#32 Demetri McCamey

In the last three seasons, Illinois head coach Bruce Weber has rarely praised erratic point guard Demetri McCamey, whom Weber says could be one of the top 20 players in college basketball this season.

MCCAMEY HOLDS KEY TO ILLINOIS’ SEASON

NBA DRAFT 2011: TOP SENIORS

WEBER PLEASED WITH FIRST LOOK AT ILLINI (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

#54 Mike Tisdale

Relive senior center Mike Tisdale’s summer playing ball against Team USA.

MIKE TISDALE’S NEW YORK ADVENTURE (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

ILLINI BASKETBALL SCHEDULING NEWS

Tickets for December’s Illinois-Gonzaga game in Seattle went on sale yesterday.

GU-ILLINOIS TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY

ILLINI BASKETBALL COACHING/RECRUITING NEWS

I might as well combine these two categories this week, as Weber and his coaching staff have been working hard on the recruiting trail, with several prospects visiting campus throughout this weekend.

ROUNDUP OF BRUCE WEBER’S TRAVELS (MUST READ)

LANPHIER’S AUSTIN MAKES ANOTHER ILLINI VISIT

ILLINOIS KEEPING AN EYE ON BASKETBALL RECRUIT LARRY AUSTIN JR.

BOBO DRUMMOND TO VISIT ILLINOIS THIS WEEKEND

ZAK IRVIN HAS STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

COACHES WASTE LITTLE TIME AS CONTACT PERIOD BEGINS

When he wasn’t contacting recruits, Weber was helping the United Way.

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL COACH SERVES AS ‘CHEERLEADER’ FOR UNITED WAY EFFORTS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

Well, well, well. Bruce Pearl is a liar. Who would have guessed it?

TENNESSEE’S BRUCE PEARL ACKNOWLEDGES GIVING FALSE INFORMATION TO NCAA

VOLS DOCK PEARL $1.5M IN SALARY FOR MISLEADING NCAA

TABLES TURNED, PEARL’S TALE IS SAD

LOREN TATE: OH, SO SWEET

BRUCE PEARL’S BIG MISTAKE

BEFORE YOU RIP BRUCE PEARL (SOME PEOPLE CAN JUSTIFY ANYTHING)

Former Illini assistant coach and recently retired UIC head coach Jimmy Collins certainly doesn’t feel bad for Pearl, considering the history between the two men.

EX-COACH JIMMY COLLINS SHOWS NO SYMPATHY FOR BRUCE PEARL

COLLINS STILL CAN’T FORGIVE PEARL’S DEEDS

Of course, the cheats will keep cheating and get away with it, while a good man like Bruce Weber is easy fodder for a John Calpari-apologist like Gregg Doyel.

NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS THAT KENTUCKY RECRUIT WAS PAID $100,000

ILLINOIS UNDER ATTACK BY DISTORTERS

Here’s some more information on how the new 68-team NCAA Tournament will work out.

NCAA ANNOUNCES ALL FIRST FOUR GAMES WILL BE PLAYED IN DAYTON

As the NFL kicks off and college football gets into full swing, is it too early for somebody in the media to talk about Duke and North Carolina basketball? Of course not.

TWO FAMILIES, TWO PATHS TO SUCCESS

Alright.

Coming later this week, Writing Illini will begin to break down Brandon Paul’s game heading into the 2010-2011 season.

Until then.

Topics: Bill Cole, Brandon Paul, Bruce Pearl, Bruce Weber, Chasson Randle, Crandall Head, D.J. Richardson, Demetri McCamey, Illini Basketball, Illinois Basketball, Jereme Richmond, Jerrance Howard, Jimmy Collins, Joseph Bertrand, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale, Tyler Griffey, U-of-I Basketball, University Of Illinois

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