Riverside-Brookfield Notes

This Purple Wildcats Insider update provides updates on NU targets Aaron Jordan and Josh Cunningham, and mentions some new faces in the team's recruiting picture.

Josh Cunningham

Cunningham continues to round out his game. The three-star small forward–who holds an NU offer–helped lead his team to the tournament final on Sunday. He stepped up his aggression and interior play during the chippy semifinal win against Proviso East.

Though soft-spoken in person, Cunningham demonstrated that he can pick up the intensity whenever needed. He's a dominant high school power forward, and now looks to settle into the 3-spot—where he projects to play in college. Northwestern and Iowa State are two of the schools recruiting him the hardest, and he would be an excellent athletic fit for both programs.

Aaron Jordan

Jordan delivered another virtuoso performance for Plainfield East (Ill.) on Sunday. The team's offense revolves around Jordan, who can light it up from anywhere on the floor. He's also an above-average defender at the 2-guard spot, and showcases great defensive length. Most important, though, is his clutch play. He sank three consecutive free throws to send a morning matchup with Mount Carmel in overtime. Then, he put back his own miss to send the game to a second overtime, where his team prevailed. Jordan has great character, and already visited Northwestern campus twice. It could set up for an interesting in-state recruiting battle. Expect Jordan to earn a four-star ranking in the next 2015 update.


- Tyler Ulis of Marian Catholic HS was sidelined for the weekend. Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the highly touted point guard injured his shoulder in a car accident. We wish Ulis a speedy recovery.

- 2015 point guard Glynn Watson grabbed my attention with his strong playmaking ability. He's a solid and mature floor general for St. Joseph's who has received some Big Ten interest. Purdue came through with an offer, and he's in the process of earning many more.

- Some new names have emerged in the Northwestern recruiting picture. Edward Morrow and Donte Ingram of Simeon HS are some quieter but important guys to track. We'll have more on Collins' aggressive in-state work in the coming week.

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