Fast-forward to present day and Hill is a member of the Northwestern coaching staff. Now, Hill is pushing for Mbargorba to become a Wildcat. Thus far, Mbargorba has been impressed.
"It's a really good school—a good school academically," said Mbargorba. "They have a good program and a good staff. I have a good relationship with Fred Hill. I think it's a good place."
Mbargorba has gotten to be close with Hill throughout his recruitment. The two talk about basketball and life away from the court.
"We talk about academics and what I'm going to do after basketball," said Mbargorba, who says academics are his top priority. "It won't just be basketball in my life. It's pretty important. (NU) is a good school."
NU coaches believe that Mbargorba can be a nice fit to their Princeton offense.
"The way I play, the way I shoot, the way I play D, their offense really fits my play," Mbargorba said. "That's what they were telling me."
Mbargorba is shooting to make a decision before the start of his senior season but does not have a specific time or date set.
Thus far, Mbargorba remains wide open in his recruitment. He has no favorites, but is working to narrow down his list.
"I want to see which school is going to fit," he said. "Those schools that are recruiting me are good schools and good programs."