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A look at Weber’s recruiting at Illinois

By Cole Manbeck

Winning high-profile recruiting battles is typically a positive, but it doesn’t always correlate to winning where it counts most — on the scoreboard. Just ask Bruce Weber.

Weber’s final season at Illinois consisted of arguably the most highly rated talent he ever possessed during his nine seasons with the Illini. Yet the end result was a 17-15 record — the second-worst season Weber endured at Illinois.

“Clearly the recruiting was getting better for him,” said Eric Bossi, a national recruiting analyst for

Weber, at times, was criticized by fans for his recruiting at Illinois. His first six recruiting classes there consisted of just eight kids ranked in the top 150 in their respective recruiting classes.

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