I have been following recruiting for many years and have learned nothing ! But what I have seen with Painter is he gets zoned in on certain recruits . Etwaun was a target from the jump CMP stayed on him he was spotted at his games 75 % of the time . Then came Zeller same effort different result . Followed by Plumlee another loss . Then Dawson and yet another loss . Yes he has worked on recruiting others but the above named are the ones whom he has personally targeted . Now comes Tyler Wideman CMP has been wearing I 65 out this year and some last year. He was there again this past weekend as Lake Central won a Sectional title . To most of us Wideman doen't appear to be the best player in the 2014 class . But he is clearly the # 1 target . At 6'7 and and 240 he is a rebounding Machine averaging over 10 per and scoring in double figures he can play the 3, 4 and 5 but likely will play the 5 . I have seen him play only once in person so I haven't formed an opinion of him . Having had my heart broken by Dawson unless they have verbally commited I don't make the extra effort . For a player to draw this much of Painters time he is a can't miss player . I just hope we don't get all dressed up for the dance and he takes the slutty cheerleader from our rivial school .
I think this is what happened to Vincent Edwards . I think we are locked in on Wideman, Bates- Deop and Thompson . All great players and plenty more in the pipeline if we miss on one or even two . But clearly Edwards is a High level player and we should have taken his verbal . Truely if we want Wideman so much considering how Painter has missed on so many great players . He should check his ego and put Jack Owens on him . As Owens is the better recruiter . For the 2015 class Painter has targeted Jalen Coleman .
I believe Weber will get fired at Illinois and they will get Shaka Smart from VCU . If Weber goes back to SIU great ! For us if not they will come after Jack Owens with both guns a blazzing . Losing Jack will hurt yes it will open up the spot for Cardinal but can he recruit ? Just me thinking out loud . Hate for it to happen but we will Lose Jack and have A much harder time recruiting in Illinois against Smart and Owens . So to Bruce I say go back where you belong !