Bruce Weber’s recruiting secrets revealed

Bruce WeberBefore I get into the topic at hand, let me first mention that Eisenhower (IL) point guard Lewis Jackson has narrowed his list of schools to five and Indiana is one of them. The other schools still under consideration by the Indiana Elite guard are as follows: Purdue, Tennessee, Bradley and Dayton.

Jackson had been considering Illinois, but he’s dropped them from consideration. This is nothing new for the Illini as coach Bruce Weber and staff have made a habit of missing out on premium talent from the state of Illinois.

In an article published Saturday in the Herald & Review, Jackson talked about his reasons for eliminating Illinois and that’s where this story gets interesting.

“They said, ‘You have to tell us you want to come here,’ ” Jackson said. “They said they wanted me to come there, but they weren’t going to recruit me because then it looks bad if I don’t go there. They told (Washington High School guard) Matt Roth and a couple of other guys the same thing. They all say they wish Illinois had recruited them harder. I respect Coach Weber and Coach (Jay) Price, and I like them a lot, but there was no love like at other schools.”

So this is what it has come to for good ol’ Bruce. He’s missed out on so many players in recent years, he’s now got a new method for his recruiting madness.

Rather than putting on the full-court press to get a commitment, he’s now telling kids they have to tell him up front they want to come to Illinois. This is obviously a tactic to save face publicly when a kid decides later on in the recruitment that he is no longer interested in Illinois.

Sounds genius to me.

  • kelin

    Bruceeeeey is this what it has come too? Hey at least u have MJ’s son, maybe EJ will not have to put 40 on him again….ok maybe only 30

  • kelin

    Bruceeeeey is this what it has come too? Hey at least u have MJ’s son, maybe EJ will not have to put 40 on him again….ok maybe only 30

  • http://anythinghoosier.blogspot.com IUFan

    Haha.That’s awesome. Classic Bruce Weber. “You have to tell us you want to come here.” Who tells a recruit that?

  • http://anythinghoosier.blogspot.com IUFan

    Haha.That’s awesome. Classic Bruce Weber. “You have to tell us you want to come here.” Who tells a recruit that?

  • Zach

    Ron Zook’s apparently not giving Weber any secrets. Oops.

  • Zach

    Ron Zook’s apparently not giving Weber any secrets. Oops.

  • Zach

    Ron Zook’s apparently not giving Weber any secrets. Oops.

  • kelin

    On a serious note, this recruiting thing could be the end of BW at Illinois. He is losing state recruits left and right, not just to IU. It is one thing to lose Derrick Rose, but then there have been others this year. He lost the high end Div.I players but then lets McGhee get to IU which is a steal 4us.

  • kelin

    On a serious note, this recruiting thing could be the end of BW at Illinois. He is losing state recruits left and right, not just to IU. It is one thing to lose Derrick Rose, but then there have been others this year. He lost the high end Div.I players but then lets McGhee get to IU which is a steal 4us.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com PostmanE

    Ouch. I give Weber two years.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com PostmanE

    Ouch. I give Weber two years.

  • iuhoops

    this makes me so happy :)

  • iuhoops

    this makes me so happy :)

  • kelin

    This makes me happy also due to how Weber acted prior to the gamse vs IU. It was so so unecessary. KS said he probaly should have handled it differently and may have made a mistake but whiny weber wants pout! If EJ really wanted to come to Illinois he would have, but he didn’t and D.Rose, and Liggins, and the list goes on and on……….

  • kelin

    This makes me happy also due to how Weber acted prior to the gamse vs IU. It was so so unecessary. KS said he probaly should have handled it differently and may have made a mistake but whiny weber wants pout! If EJ really wanted to come to Illinois he would have, but he didn’t and D.Rose, and Liggins, and the list goes on and on……….

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  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Glad he is gone. B10 is better off without him.

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