Archive for February, 2007

Bocot Increases Mid-Major Beef

February 26, 2007

The commitment of Justin Bocot to Southern Illinois only increases the shift that is happening in college basketball. More talented players such as Bocot are opting for smaller schools and it is beginning to level out the playing field. The Missouri Valley Conference is the top Mid-Major conference in the country and the 2007 recruiting class only adds to their future. SIU has the best of the 2007 class in their conference. Carlton Fay is the best post player in the Illinois class of 2007 at this present moment in our opinion. Bocot is in our opinion the most offensively talented player in the state for 2007. Add to that another big in Nick Evans and a guard in Brandon Wood and it looks like SIU will only increase their team talent in the next couple of years.

To MidStateHoops.com this shift be a very important change in college basketball. Bocot is the type of player that could put a team like SIU in a position to be a serious contender in the tournament. A team with excellent coaching, defense, rebounding, leadership, and basketball IQ, the only thing missing is a true go-to scorer. If Bocot can step in and translate his offensive talent to that team, they become as dangerous a tournament team as you will find in the country. Now a lot has to happen between now and then in order for the team to even be in a position to be a serious title contender, but this scenario is one that we feel could become very realistic if their program can manage to acheive maximum potential.

MidStateHoops.com expected Bocot to commit to a school that was not on his present list. Though we weren’t sure which school it would be, SIU is not much of a surprise. They have been in contact with Bocot since his freshman year. At one point they were his leader during his sophomore year. They were always an option in the back of his head. He was simply waiting on offers from bigger schools. After visiting SIU this past weekend Bocot decided that SIU was the place for him.

The bigger is not always better approach appears to really be catching on in Illinois. Bocot opting for SIU rather than waiting for high-major offers is part of a growing trend in the state. Carlton Fay could have easily held out for high-major offers. Many expected Brandon Dunson to attend a prep school and garner high-major offers as a 2008 prospect. Instead he committed to Tennessee-Chattanooga. MSH thinks that Matt Roth, Joseph Bertrand, Jeremy Robinson, and Tyler Storm could be a few Illinois prospects who decide to take this approach in the few short years to come.

MSH Player Video: Aeronautical Incursion
MSH Player Video: Bloomington Purple Raiders
MSH Player Video: Bloomington Trio
MidState Matchup: Tori Boyd v Justin Bocot

Illini Offer Sensational 09 Guard

February 9, 2007

The University of Illinois has offered Duncanville(TX) swing guard, Shawn Williams II. Williams is a higly talented 2009 rising star for a nationally ranked Duncanville team of which he leads in scoring. MidStateHoops.com became aware of this offer quite some time ago when Williams informed us of the offer himself. We expected other sources who focus on Illini recruiting to uncover the offer, but since they have failed to do so we decided to finally bring it to the light. The offer was first extended in December. MSH was able to catch Williams play first-hand just a few short weeks prior at the Big Ticket Classic.

William told MSH that he is very interested in the Illini as he already has family located in Illinois. This offer adds to the ones he has already received from Arkansas, Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M. He also lists Florida, Louisville, and Kansas among his schools of interest.

Williams is a solid student with a 3.1/4.0 GPA. He comes from a basketball family in which both of his parents were successful players. Williams presently ranks as the 9th player in the class of 2009 according to Sports Illustrated. He was also named to the 2005-2006 All-USA Today Team for 2009.

MSH Scouting Report of Williams: A smooth wing player. Williams is a special player who oozes with potential. When watching him on the floor you can tell that the sky is the limit. He has soft hands and good mechanics on his jumpshot. His long arms allow him to be disruptive on defense. He is an excellent athlete that gets up high for rebounds. One thing that this sensational sophomore will need to improve upon is his passiveness during games. While somewhat understandable based on the talent of his team, he does appear to be coasting at times. He has time, and will grow into an all-out superstar over time.

MSH Player Video: Duncanville