Bruce Weber Impressed Them All

There's an old saying, "I wish I had a dollar for every time this question was asked." Well, that's true when it comes to the statement, "I wonder what Coach Weber tells the kids when they come to campus, how does he sell the program." Read here for a Q and A interview with the proud parent of a future Illini.



Denna Griffey is the mother of the newest member of the future of Illinois basketball, 6' 9" Tyler Griffey from Ballwin, MO. The younger Griffey made his official commitment to the Illini Saturday at the Purdue game. "We loved it! I had a great time Saturday. It was my first time on campus there; my husband and Tyler had been there before but not me. After the game, it was nice because all the reporters were there talking to him, and he loved it," she said.

"I really didn't know Coach Weber very well, but after the game, he said something to Tyler that made me say to myself, yes, this is the place for my son. He said to him, ‘you're only a junior, enjoy high school and make it fun. We really want you here but don't rush things because once you're done with high school you can never go back.' I thought to myself, people rush their lives away everyday and we all wish for things to happen so fast anymore. I liked the comment because he cares about my son more than just for basketball," said Mrs. Griffey.

We were fortunate to get an extend chance to talk to Tyler's mom, here is a part of that interview:

Kedric:
What was the entire recruiting process like for Tyler and your family?

Denna:
My husband and Tyler really liked it, but I didn't get involved too much. They fielded the phone calls, but I think my husband liked it a lot, you could just tell. (She laughed). The neat part, as a parent, was knowing all these great school were interested in my kid. That really made Tyler feel good about himself and his game.

Kedric:
Which schools did it really come down to?

Denna:
Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. But in the end, it was Illinois. Everything just seemed to fit well for him, the players, coaches, and the location. We wanted him to attend a school in driving distance so we could see his games. The atmosphere at Saturday's game was great it was sold out.

Kedric:
What's it been like for Tyler now that he's committed to Illinois?

Denna:
He seems relived a bit. We told him that he's in a great position but never take things for granted because they can all be taken away from you in a heartbeat.

Kedric:
What kind of season is he having so far?

Denna:
Our team is not doing so well. In conference games were doing OK, but the kids are still working hard. Tyler is doing pretty good himself but he always wants to improve and work on things.

We here at InsideIllini.com will keep you up-to-date on Tyler Griffey's season and will get more comments from the newest member of Weber's Class of 2009.


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