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Recruits will buy into Groce's plan

New Illinois coach has knack for finding -- and landing -- players who "fit"

Updated: April 10, 2012, 1:35 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- As John Groce's hiring at Illinois was imminent, and the topic of recruiting Chicago came up, someone with close knowledge of the coach said to me, "Just get him in the living room and it's over."

When it comes to recruiting teenagers, that's the general idea.

Groce is supposedly a great "living room guy," which is to say he's a good salesman. That's how you come up in college basketball, by convincing teenagers you're their friend. Some head coaches can't do that and actually ...

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