Can the 2014 NBA draft be better than the 2003 NBA draft?

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As the 2014 NBA draft approaches, teams are lining up to move up in the draft and/or add additional first-round picks, as this year’s crop of players looks to possibly be the strongest ever. This year’s NBA draft has drawn many comparisons to the last NBA “superdraft,” which took place in the summer of 2003.

Even the most casual NBA fan is familiar with the 2003 NBA draft class – LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th overall picks, and between them they have a combined:

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Illini all-time leading scorer Deon Thomas joins UIC Coaching Staff

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Deon Thomas has landed a coaching gig at the University of Illinois. Just not in Urbana-Champaign. At the Chicago campus instead. When Assistant Coach Isaac Chew departed Illinois for Marquette, just weeks after he left Mizzou to join the Illini an assistant gig opened up under John Groce at Illinois.

Paris Parham filled the position instead ofFlorida State assistant Dennis Gates, Simeon Coach Robert Smith and Deon Thomas. All were considered candidates.

It was just announced minutes ago Illini fans, that Deon Thomas will be on Howard Moore’s staff at UIC.

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Duke Blue Devils Jabari Parker: exclusive video interview

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The top recruit in the nation, Jabari Parker from Chicago (Simeon career academy) picked the Duke Blue Devils over Michigan State, BYU, DePaul Florida and a whole host of other big name college basketball programs. He answered questions at the 2013 McDonald’s All-American media day about why he chose Duke, detailed the powerhouse of Simeon, and why he looks up to Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose

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Video: Duke recruit Jabari Parker takes you through Simeon high school

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Yesterday, the nation’s #1 recruit Chicago’s very own Jabari Parker of Neil F. Simeon Career Academy picked the Duke Blue Devils as his college basketball choice. Over Michigan State, and a host of other schools. And people on Twitter lost their minds over it; very much disapproving of Parker’s choice.

But there’s still a season to be played for Parker and the Simeon Wolverines. There’s a fourth state title and possibly a national title to be won, and Parker takes you inside the school to show you what it’s all about.
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#1 junior Jabari Parker interested in Illini; finally good news for Illinois

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The typical Illini fan believes life is like 2pac Shakur’s second album title, “me against the world.” The horrible debacle/national joke that’s been the search for a men’s basketball coach has only verified that belief.

It is the worst of times. It is the worst of times for Illinois fans right now. Hopefully, things will get better when they finally iron out a deal and announce John Groce as their next coach; and they’ll finally have a coach at least!

But there is some ray of light. Simeon high school coach Robert Smith went on 670 The Score today and mentioned some uplifting for Illini nation tidbits.

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