Lumpkin Liking Northwestern

With an offer in hand, Benilde-St. Margaret's (MN) High School guard Sanjay Lumpkin is becoming more comfortable with Northwestern and head coach Bill Carmody.

When Northwestern began recruiting the 6-6, 185-lb. guard, former NU assistant and new Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson was in charge of his recruiting. With Henderson gone from the program, Lumpkin has had the chance to get to know NU head coach Bill Carmody.

Recently, Carmody and the Wildcats extended an offer to the versatile guard.

"I was very excited when my coach told me the news," said Sanjay Lumpkin. "It felt great to get offered by a Big Ten school and especially from a very academically and historically prestigious school like Northwestern, it meant a lot."

Thus far, Lumpkin carries offers from Northwestern, Drake, Holy Cross, and Indiana State. In addition, he has interest coming from Boston College, Butler, Colorado, Illinois, Notre Dame, Stanford, Washington State, Wisconsin, and many more.

Lumpkin visited Northwestern recently, and felt comfortable with the feel of Evanston.

"The campus had a great college feel to it and I felt like I could really see myself going to school there," Lumpkin said. "I remember how nice everything was and how you would have access to go pretty much anywhere you want to with it being so close to the city."

All together, Lumpkin's experience at Northwestern has him excited about the trip and eager to see more down the road.

"I know that Northwestern has everything that I am looking for in terms of athletics and academics," Lumpkin said. "As far as getting to know the players better, I plan to come back down to Chicago June 25th for their elite camp so I will hopefully get to meet some of the players then."

With plenty of interest coming in, Lumpkin is now weighing when the right time is to make a commitment. He is debating whether committing early is a better option than taking official visits.

"I'm still debating with my parents on whether to wait until the fall when school starts to be able to take official visits," said Lumpkin. "I would hate to miss out on an opportunity to attend Northwestern if another recruit were to accept before I do. I will know more (about when Lumpkin will commit) after my AAU season is over at the end of July."

As a junior, Lumpkin averaged 12.1 points per game while helping his team reach the Minnesota Class 3A state playoffs.

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