NU basketball recruiting notebook

Northwestern's prospects continue their run through the basketball season, with plenty of headlines coming along the way. PurpleWildcats offers the latest in this week's recruiting notebook.

It was a huge weekend in high school hoops nationwide, with many conference championships on the line. Here's how some of Northwestern's targets fared:

Catholic League Stars on collision course

Local recruits Vic Law of Chicago St. Rita and Jordan Ash of Westchester St. Joseph played for their respective conference titles Friday night, to mixed results. St. Rita took home the Chicago Catholic South title over the weekend, in a 66-58 win over Seton Academy. Law, a 6-foot-7 junior notched 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Mustangs (16-7). On the other side of town, the 6-foot-1 sophomore Ash and the Chargers (15-11) fell to Loyola Academy, who claimed the Chicago Catholic North title.

St. Rita will face St. Joe'S Friday night in Westchester, a big-time matchup between two teams looking to make noise in the state playoffs.

Sina leads Gill St. Bernard's to Finals

All Jaren Sina seems to do is win. His Gill St. Bernard's squad rattled off wins over two previously undefeated teams, winning 73-56 over Ridge and 77-52 against Bound Brook in the Somerset County tournament semifinals. The Northwestern signee wowed with 25 points in each game, adding 10 and 12 assists respectively. Gill (16-6) gets a rematch with Ridge in the tournament finals on Saturday, aiming for their third consecutive Somerset County title.

Promising Gill St. Bernard's freshman Tyus Battle, also a Northwestern target, scored 13 and 9 points in those games. The 6-foot-5 guard continues to cement his place as one of the most promising freshmen in the country.

Big day for Travis

On Saturday, Minneapolis De La Salle's Reid Travis hit the 1000-point mark for his high school career, dropping 22 points in an 85-49 win over Cretin-Derham Hall. The 6-foot-7 Travis entered the game averaging about 27 points and 15 rebounds, for a surging De La Salle team that boasts a 19-1 record.

Full-court press

Northwestern signee Nate Taphorn led Pekin (16-7) to a 44-32 win over Canton on Friday night, scoring 13 points. On Saturday, Taphorn's senior night, the Dragons took home another win, 44-30 over East Peoria. They'll finish their regular season Friday night against Dunlap.

Wade Baldwin scored 13 points on Sunday for St. Joseph (Metuchen, NJ), who won handily in the Greater Middlesex Conference quarterfinals, 85-43 over Spotswood. Second-seeded St Joseph (19-4) takes on Old Bridge Wednesday evening in the semifinals. Baldwin, a 6-foot-3 junior, entered Sunday's game averaging 17.2 points per game.

Amanze Egekeze led his Huntley (Ill.) team to their third straight Fox Valley Conference title Friday night. The 6-foot-7 junior dropped 24 points for Huntley (17-7) in a 42-26 win over Cary Grove. Egekeze, a versatile forward who plays with the Illinois Wolves AAU program, has drawn interest from Northwestern.

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