One on One with Shaun Pruitt

<p>Illini-Nation got a chance to kick back with Shaun Pruitt after his teams victory over Limestone at the River City Shootout in Peoria on Monday night. Read here to see how he's doing and his feelings towards Illinois

Shaun Pruitt had an average game Monday night. He scored 16 points as he was guarded by DeAaron Williams mainly. In the beginning of the game Limestone tried to let Williams guard him alone with relatively no help and Pruitt fared pretty good. Then Limestone decided to double and sometimes triple team Pruitt whenever he touched the ball. Pruitt has made some strides since the last time I saw him.

One of Pruitt's weaknesses is he tries to put the ball on the floor too much inside. Quick guards will reach in and strip it if he's not careful. He's posting up much stronger than he used to but he still doesn't use his size advantage as good as he should. His footwork is good and he does have moves once he gets the ball. He displayed some nice spin moves with the ball. He has good touch around the basket and can hit from out to 3 point range. The first time I watched him he floated out and shot jumpers the whole game. On Monday and hopefully in the future, he made his living in the post and at the free throw line. Overall Pruitt is a good prospect with lots of potential.

Illini-Nation: Shaun, have you been watching most of the Illini games this year? Shaun Pruitt: Yeah I try to watch every single game. Sometimes I have a schedule conflict and I have my dad tape it for me and I watch it later. The one game I missed was the Missouri game but I heard it was a good one.

I-N: So what do you think of their style of play?

SP: I really like what they do with their bigs. They give them lots of freedom. I love the way they use James Augustine.

I-N: So do you think you could come in next year and start?

SP: I don't know about starting right away. I really think I have a good chance to contribute immediately though.

I-N: You've been injury prone in the past. How are the injuries at this point?

SP: I'd say I'm 100% physically now. I'm just trying to get quicker.

I-N: How often to you hear from the coaching staff?

SP: I talk or get a call from them at least once a week.

I-N: I know Bruce Weber didn't get in on you until somewhat late in the recruiting game. How was he able to make up the ground?

SP: Well I had just a great time on my unofficial and official visits. When I met Coach Weber he was just so personable it was like I'd known him the whole time. He's a fun guy to talk to

I-N: Will you be attending any games soon

SP: I want to get down to Assembly Hall at least one more time. It just depends on my schedule. I've only been able to go to the Arkansas game in Chicago.

I-N: Are there any guys that Illinois is recruiting that you'd like to play with?

SP: In my class there isn't really anyone that I can think of. But in the junior class, Julian Wright is nice and athletic. It'd be cool to play with him. He'd be a great addition.

I-N: Dee Brown was known for being sort of a recruiter once he verbally committed to Illinois before his senior year. Is that how you look at it?

SP: Nah that's just not my style. I'm not a recruiter. I remember when I was making my decision how I got so tired of everyone trying to tell me what to do and where to go. I just think it's their decision so I leave them alone.

I-N: Have you ever played against verbal commitments David Palmer and Jamar Smith? SP: No I haven't played against Palmer. He's a junior though. I didn't know Jamar had verballed. That's cool.

I-N: What do you consider your strongest point on the court?

SP: I think it's my versatility. I got the skills to go inside and out.

I-N: What's your weakest thing right now?

SP: Well I've been trying to hit the weight room hard. I need more strength.

I-N: Thanks a lot for your time Shaun, we'll be talking to you again.

SP: You're welcome.


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