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Fab fives have failed so far

10/12/2007

During the course of recruiting some of the nation's elite prospects, first-year Illini coach Jolette Law hit upon an idea that, if executed, could instantly put Illinois on the women's basketball map.

Instead of pitching Ayana Dunning, Chelsey Lee, Samantha Prahalis, Amber Stokes and April Sykes as individuals, Law sold them as a package and dubbed them the "Fab Five" in hopes of duplicating the renowned Michigan men's recruiting class of 1991. That Wolverines class included Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. Howard, Rose and Webber went on to significant NBA careers.