Illinois should make Smart choice

Illinois needs to own Chicago, and Shaka Smart is just the guy to help the Illini do it

Updated: March 12, 2012, 9:55 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

Bruce Weber's greatest failure was never turning Deron Williams into Derrick Rose.

Or Eric Gordon.

Or Jon Scheyer.

Weber, a nice-enough guy and a good-enough coach, never evolved into head salesman of a program.

A once-in-a-program trip to the national championship game never amounted to a top-flight in-state recruit committing to Illinois (besides cautionary tale Jereme Richmond). It never evolved into another trip into the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.

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