Illini fans are pretty amped about the possibility of the orange and blue landing Stevenson point guard Jalen Brunson. Why shouldn't they be? The five-star recruit who could be the best guard in the nation has the Illini on his short list and is making Illinois his first official visit this weekend.
One person who's real excited? Former Illini point guard Dee Brown.
Brown is playing in Europe, but that didn't stop him from sending a litany of social-media messages regarding Brunson's visit, tip-toeing around directly telling the Stevenson senior to play for John Groce.
Honestly if the #1 pg in the country from our STATE stay home he will be BIGGER than me and dwill @jbcrossover5 have a great visit ILLINI!!!— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
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I'm only being honest! I tried of ppl saying the next me NO! come be a legend we have SO many that came thru champaign OUR STATE! ILL....— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
I gotta talk my ish...I know and remember what my school did for me on and off the court! I still see my brothers who went there with me...— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
There's no better feeling! STAY HOME put on for your state, become a legend, receive a top 10 education, play in the BIG10 Just being honest— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
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I'm not selling, I'm simply stating facts about where I come from! We gotta land big time guys so Groce can do what he does best! ILL— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
Just watch how much love he receives! That will be for life, ILLINI fans crazy about their sports and have great memories!— Dee Brown (@deebrown11) August 29, 2014
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And Brown's Twitter campaign wasn't all. He took to Instagram to let Illini fans know they need to play their part in Brunson's recruitment, as well.
Who knows if Brown's messages will have any effect on Brunson. After all, Brown and the Illini's run to the 2005 national title game happened when Brunson was in third grade. But still, Brown is one of the greatest Illinois basketball players of all-time and a Chicago-area native. Certainly his perspective would be a valuable one.