Foster Keeping His Options Open

De La Salle (IL) Institute forward Alex Foster has a leader, but remains open with his recruitment. The three-star forward has received strong interest from Northwestern, and a number of other schools. Go inside his recruitment in this update.

When Alex Foster visited Welsh-Ryan Arena for Northwestern's game with Penn State, he received a nice impression of what Wildcat basketball is like.

"It's really live," said Foster of Northwestern's home court. "The arena is really nice and the fans get really into it."

Foster, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Chicago's De La Salle Institute, holds offers from Northwestern, DePaul, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and others. The Crimson stand as his clubhouse leader, with the Volunteers close behind.

Northwestern remains in the hunt for the standout forward, led by the push from associate head coach Tavaras Hardy. The two spoke over the phone recently.

"My interest level (in Northwestern) is moderate," said Foster. "I'm keeping my options open."

The local prospect is excited to see the run from Northwestern, dubbed as 'Chicago's Big Ten Team.' However, after Foster met with NU head coach Bill Carmody in January, he's not too surprised to see the Wildcats in contention for the Big Dance.

"I think that's a big accomplishment for them," Foster said of Northwestern. "I know Coach Carmody has prepared his team to make it that far."

Foster is planning to give his verbal commitment after the AAU basketball season ends in August.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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