"Illinois is Different than Other Big Ten Schools"

Point guard Mike Conley from Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana talks with Illiniboard.com's Kedric Prince on his recruitment and his feelings toward the Illini. Get inside for his latest.

Mike Conley thought that once he eliminated schools his recruitment might slow down, but that's far from the truth for this All-American point guard. Conley attended the Indiana @ Illinois game; it's been on his schedule for a few weeks now. Once again the Illini leave a lasting impression on the star. This was Conley's second visit to Champaign. "I like everything about Illinois. There's absolutely nothing not to like about them. Their fans are great, the arena is good, the town is very nice, and I like their coaches," said Conley.

Conley had a list at one time of 10 schools but since he's narrowed his choices down to Wake Forest, Illinois and Ohio St., he doesn't get as much mail as he once did. "The pressure used to be tough, but the other schools know my list and I'm starting to set up official visits with them. I plan to come to Illinois again in April," Conley said.

Wake Forest has been the leader for sometime now, but according to Conley the Illini have closed the gap tremendously. "I really love the way they play down there. It's a great place to play basketball," he added.

Illini fans, I don't have to tell you that Head Coach Bruce Weber has changed the style of play in the Big Ten with his three guards and motion offense, but to recruit stars like Conley you better play the way the ACC schools do. "Illinois is different than other Big Ten schools. They get out and run. That was the only reason Wake was leading - the ACC is a little faster conference, but Illinois and Michigan St. push the ball and I like what Illinois runs," stressed Conley.

Conley is a big target for Weber and company, so big that all three coaches (Weber, Price and Webster) are doing the work for his services.

Mike is not going to make a decision anytime soon. He will make visits to all three schools again, but at this point the race is not over.


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