Illinois Illini head coach John Groce has been doing a fantastic job in Champaign and it has not gone unnoticed by me. According to Simeon head coach Robert Smith, coach Groce would have had a shot at Jabari Parker if Bruce Weber had been fired just a year earlier.
— stfhoops (@stfhoops) May 31, 2013
Groce also got good news last week when Jahlil Okafor listed his final eight schools and the Illini made the cut. It is more than likely Okafor will not go there, but the mere fact they are in consideration should be viewed as great work from Groce. He is slowly but surely transforming the image of the Illini program and before long it could result in another Final Four and maybe even a Big 10 title in their future as well.
Jahlil Okafor blog: “With Illinois I just love what Coach (John) Groce is doing there and I really believe in… fb.me/1J6hOz5Lq
— Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) May 30, 2013
— Danielle (@DanielleBloeme) May 31, 2013
It will be fascinating to see how Groce continues to develop his program, but he has it going in the right direction and the end destination should be a beautiful thing to witness.