Wildcats Offer Osborne

Nick Osborne was down to three schools when the phone rang late Tuesday night. It was Northwestern associate head coach Tavaras Hardy, and he was calling with a scholarship offer for the three-star power forward. Now, Osborne is taking a step back to look at the Wildcats.

"(The NU offer) means a lot since it's the best basketball conference in the nation," said Nick Osborne. "It's exciting. Northwestern is education-wide in the top-15. I'm really excited. I'm looking forward to checking it out."

Osborne (6-7, 220) had narrowed his options to three: Fordham, Miami (OH), and Loyola-Chicago, who offered on Monday.

After receiving an offer from Northwestern, Osborne is hoping to make a visit in Evanston and get a good look at the Wildcats. Thus far, he has not met with NU head coach Bill Carmody and doesn't know much about the program. He hopes to change that.

"I haven't been on campus yet and haven't checked it out," Osborne said. "I'll need to see more because I know I have the opportunity to play in the Big Ten."

Osborne needs to know more about Northwestern, but Northwestern knows all about him. The NU coaches watched the standout forward play multiple times in the July evaluation period while he played with the Eric Gordon All-Stars.

After a strong run in the July evaluation period, Osborne earned his first Big Ten offer.

"I think it helped me out to get a little bit more exposure," Osborne said. "AAU is always a great thing and the month of July—there's so many good tournaments. It's a great opportunity to help people out with recruiting."

Osborne has seen Northwestern's basketball program from a distance while watching on tv. He was impressed by the way the Wildcats compete in each game—even against the best of competition.

"I've heard a lot of good things," he said. "I've seen them a lot on tv. They had a really good season. They were pretty hot last year. They can compete with anyone in the country."

Now that Northwestern has offered, he is going to take a step back in his recruitment and carefully consider the Wildcats. He stands by his top-three schools, but said he will look closely at Northwestern before making any decision.

"Northwestern is too good of an offer not to consider," Osborne said. "They're in a great conference and they have a good chance."

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