Mac Koshwal: Closing in on Decision

Chicago big man Nyal "Mac" Koshwal's recruitment is nearing an end. In this report we'll take a look at where things stand to date as he nears his decision. We'll look at what college coaches have flocked to Chicago to see Mac at open gyms. We'll also look at which schools are left on the list for the 6-8 240 pound senior from Boys to Men Math and English Academy in Chicago.

Mac Koshwal is the 37th ranked prospect in Scout.com's Class of 2007 and will be a prize catch for one lucky college coach. Mac was scheduled to take an official visit to LSU this weekend (Sept. 22nd-24th), but chose to forego that visit and narrow his list to three colleges. DePaul, Louisville, and Tennessee are the finalists for Koshwal, with the Blue Demons holding a lead over the other two. "We've basically boiled down to those three schools," said Boys to Men coach Loren Jackson. "Also each one of those schools has a tremendous amount of playing time at Mac's position."

Besides LSU, Koshwal also eliminated Illinois and USC from consideration.

At an open gym in Chicago last week, many college coaches came out to see Koshwal in action. Among the coaches in the house were DePaul's Jerry Wainwright, Illinois' Bruce Weber, LSU's John Brady, and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl.

Bruce Weber also paid a school visit to Boys to Men where he met with Koshwal last week. The Illini arrived a little too late to the party for Koshwal. "Illinois, they signed the Cole kid, supposedly they had what they wanted," Jackson shared. "I think because Mac did such a good job this summer and developed a great deal this summer, that once the Derrick Rose thing fell through, there was a void that they needed to fill in getting a kid. They don't know what the Eric Gordon situation is going to bring. So they started backtracking."

At an open gym this week, Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino came to Chicago to check out big Mac. Koshwal took an unofficial visit to Louisville on August 26th "Louisville with Coach Pitino and what he's done with developing pros and also being in the pros, has definitely been an earmark for them," Jackson commented.

This past weekend (Sept. 15-17th), Koshwal visited the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville along with fellow class of 2007 prospect J.J. Hickson. Koshwal watched the Vols lose a 21-20 heartbreaker to the Florida Gators in football on Saturday. "Tennessee has stepped in strong and they've been at alot of (Koshwal's) games," remarked Loren. "We just had a good visit there."

As for DePaul, the Blue Demons have been Koshwal's leader for quite some time. Mac has entertained thoughts of joining his former AAU and prep school teammate Thijin Moses at DePaul. "The biggest thing is that when Coach Wainwright first got the job at DePaul is that he offered Mac and (current Blue Demon) Thijin (Moses) a scholarship when he first walked through the door," Jackson said. "Mac has never forgotten about that. They were at every game during the open period. That was something that Mac never forgot either."

Koshwal has visited Moses on numerous occasions in Lincoln Park and has to be intimate with the DePaul campus by now.

The Boys to Men lineup this season features quite a few big men. That will give Koshwal the flexibility to play away from the basket some. "I think one of the things that's going to really help him going to the college level, is that we're going to play him on the perimeter some this year," Jackson predicted. "He's going to play the three, four, and five positions."

Much like Koshwal himself, his decision looms large.

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