One of the prospects on campus was Darius Paul, a senior forward from Warren Township High School—located a short drive from Northwestern's campus.
Paul (6-foot-7, 210) has experienced the recruiting process before. His brother, Brandon, now a guard for Illinois, was recruited by Northwestern when he was in high school. Darius got to meet NU associate head coach Tavaras Hardy, and the two have a great relationship.
"We're really close," Paul said of his relationship with Hardy.
Paul toured the facilities and met with academic advisors while on his visit. He took in the first half of the football game, but left at halftime—missing the Michigan comeback, of course.
The local product has "high interest" in Northwestern, but there's a problem. His grades are just short of university standards. Paul is motivated to improve his grades, and he hopes that will lead to an offer.
"I got to get my grades right," he said.
Paul has offers from Bradley, Detroit, Florida Gulf-Coast, IUPUI, and Western Michigan. In addition, he has picked up interest from Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Nebraska, and others. He hopes to add more in the coming months.
As a junior, Paul averaged 11.3 points per game and six rebounds per game.