Hegner High On Northwestern

Berlin, WI. junior forward Toby Hegner is drawing a lot of interest and already has eight offers on the table. The 6-foot-9 standout is looking to narrow down his options. Where does that leave Northwestern?

Junior forward Toby Hegner is in the fortuitous position of having a list of offers—eight, already—at an early stage.

Northwestern, Marquette, Iowa State, Creighton, Drake, Colorado State, and others have already offered, and more interest is coming in. Hegner is thrilled with how things have gone in his recruitment.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Toby Hegner of his recruitment. "It's an amazing feeling and I'm glad I live it."

Back in August, the 6-foot-9 forward visited Northwestern's campus with associate head coach Tavaras Hardy. After seeing the facilities and touring campus, Hegner received a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Hegner thinks very highly of Northwestern's program, facilities, and coaches.

"It's a great school, I love it," he said of NU. "The coaching staff is all nice, the visit is amazing, we went around the whole campus, the practice gym, the gym where they play, it's all pretty amazing. It's a great school."

Since receiving his offer, Hegner had lost contact with Northwestern coaches as they focus on finishing the 2012 recruiting class and prepare for the season, however, that changed recently when Coach Hardy gave him a call.

"He just explained why they haven't been in touch and asked how I was doing and said they want to come up for a workout," Hegner said.

Hegner is forming plans to narrow down his options in the near-to-distant future. While he doesn't have any favorites yet, a few things will go into the process of trimming his list.

"I really look at the coaching staff, how much they want me, how they're going to use me in the offense, just the place," said Hegner. "I want to be in a school where I know I'm going to fit well. I'm going to spent four years there so I need to know that it's right—it's got to be right."

So from what Hegner knows about Northwestern, will they pass the first round of cuts?

"They're most definitely in the mix," Hegner said of Northwestern.

For Hegner, the next step with Northwestern will be to make a visit. He hopes to attend a game this season and observe how the team operates.

"I'm hoping to get down there for a game to see how the coaches coach and see how the team is a team—the way they react to each other and how I fit," said Hegner.

As a sophomore with the Berlin Indians, Hegner averaged 16 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game, while hitting 49.9 percent of his field goals. He also is a threat from beyond the arc, hitting 33 percent of his three-pointers.

As Hegner gets into his junior season, more interest is likely to come in. He's ready for any possibilities, and is prepared to evaluate each option.

"I'll probably just stay open as long as I can," Hegner said. "When I feel it's time to slim down to a top-three, I'll decide then. I'm trying to stay really open with it and live what's happening to me right now."


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