Illini Wonk
Monday, July 11, 2005
  Three Amigos Part Dos at Illinois?
Yesterday, Illini Wonk brought you news of Sherron Collins leaning toward Illinois. Wonk also mentioned that Derrick Rose would look more favorably on the Illini if Collins committed. Now it apears that a third prep guard standout might like to make it a trio.

Jeff Rabjohns was at ABCD Camp in New Jersey and reports in the Indianapolis Star that Illinois still leads for Gordon. Rabjohns is talking about Eric Gordon, the Indianapolis North Central junior shooting guard who shared MVP honors among the underclassmen at the Adidas Superstar camp near Atlanta.

Here's the relevant section of his ABCD Camp Notes:

Gordon said the University of Illinois is still his favorite, and word at the ABCD camp was that the Illini want him as the centerpiece to another set of guards similar to the trio of Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head that led them to the national title game.

In addition to Gordon, Illinois is recruiting 5-10 point guard Sherron Collins of Chicago Crane, and 6-2 Derrick Rose of Chicago Simeon.Collins graduates in 2006, Gordon and Rose in 2007. Gordon is ranked No. 10 in his recruiting class, Rose No. 2, and Collins No. 16.

Gordon said he likes the idea of playing with Rose and Collins."Oh, yeah. You could do a combination of everything, and that's what I'd like to do," Gordon said. "And the guards control the game. That's why I like Illinois that much."

Gordon said his list of colleges has expanded to Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Kentucky and Duke.

Could it be Three Amigos Part Dos? I know it's WAY TOO EARLY to be talking about this (since the Illini have a grand total of zero commitments from the three), but all three standout guards are saying that Illinois is either in the lead or near the top and they all say that they'd like to play together. Is it too early to start dreaming?

Brett Dawson has more on Illinois recruits from the Nike Camp on his blog.
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