Collins attacks ChicagoSince Chris Collins took over at Northwestern, he's made it clear that he intends to attempt to keep local talent home.
Collins backed up those plans when he scored a pledge from Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita standout Vic Law. Law is Northwestern's first ever-top 100 pledge. Then this weekend, Collins added another Chicago native in Scott Lindsey.
Scott Lidskin, who coaches the Illinois Old School, which had Lindsey this past year, said he's been impressed with Collins' approach.
"I think the big thing is that he's doing is, which I don't' think Carmody did, he is out there recruiting Chicago," Lidskin said. "Chicago has a good base of basketball players. Him getting Vic law and now Scott, it's going to help with the Chicago kids in the next few years."
The fact that Collins grew up in the area and has had so much success has helped him, according to Lidskin.
"I think obviously coach Collins playing at Glenbrook in Chicago and made a good name for himself as a McDonald's All-American," he added. "Continuing on at Duke and playing for coach K and coaching with K and doing stuff with the Olympic team I think it's a big draw for the kids."
To go with his ties, Collins also hired three assistant coaches with connections to the Chicago area.
Brian James spent 18 years coaching high school basketball in the state of Illinois before working in the NBA for 14 seasons. Patrick Baldwin played at Northwestern and coached at Loyola University Chicago for seven years. While Armon Gates is a Chicago native and spent the last two season at Loyola University Chicago.
ACC dominates the recruiting trailWith the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame this year, plus Louisville in 2014, the ACC is being talked about as the best conference in college basketball.
|ACC Recruiting Rankings|
1. North Carolina|
3. N.C. State
5. Wake Forest
9. Virginia Tech
10. Georgia Tech
11. Florida State
12. Notre Dame
13. Clemson State
14. Boston College
Schools in the ACC currently hold pledges from three five-star prospects, 14 four-star recruits and a half dozen three-star prospects. Seven top 50 recruits and 15 top 100 prospects are current ACC pledges.
Outside of the ACC, the new Big East has the most top 100 commitments with 13. The Big Ten currently has 11 top 100 commitments, while the SEC has 10 and the PAC-12 has nine.
The Big 12 currently has just one top 100 commitment, while the AAC has two, both of which are ranked in Scout.com's top 20.
2016 recruit impresses coachesYear in and year out the state of North Carolina produces talent. The state's crop of players in 2016 is shaping up pretty well too with players like Harry Giles, Edrice Adebayo, Junior Smith and Kwe Parker.
But there's another 2016 recruit in the state to pay attention to. Papa Ndiaye, of Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy, is starting to garner attention from college coaches.
"Papa is special," Quality Education Academy coach Isaac Pitts told Scout.com. "He has the inside and outside skill game. He's skilled and can run the floor."
"He's 6-9 and he can shoot the cover off the ball," he added. "He can shoot the three. He can put it on the floor. He can rebound and start the break and make a good decision. He's long and he's only 15. He sprints the floor well."
Next to commit?In recent weeks highly regarded recruits have been flying off the board.
Last week four top 100 recruits, plus a pair of four-star prospects made their college decisions. So who is the next big name to announce their college intentions?
With 34 available prospects in the top 100 there are plenty to choose from. With that said, there are four players that immediately come to mind.
Onuaku took an official visit to Miami last weekend. Prior to that he also visited Louisville. He was scheduled to visit Indiana, but canceled that trip and will choose between the Hurricanes and Cardinals. Look for a decision from Onuaku in the next seven days.